Replacing Your Fire Extinguisher: How to Know When It’s Time

Fire extinguishers help save lives

In the blog before this, we gave you tips on how not to use a fire extinguisher. In this blog, we’re going to provide you with signs on when it’s time to replace your fire extinguisher. All of your fire protection systems must work efficiently. Imagine a fire emergency breaking out and finding out that your fire protection equipment doesn’t work. That would prove to be devasting, and we’re going to help you avoid that happening. Keep reading to learn more.

Check with the Manufacturer

Most fire extinguishers last for about 5-15 years. Each manufacturer is different, and you need to know when expiration is near. If any of your fire protection equipment is due to expire, then give us a call. We’re experts in commercial fire protection and want to ensure that you, your business, and your employees are safe. 

Check the Pressure Gage Each Month

If you’re renting a building, it may be hard to know when the fire protection equipment in the building had an inspection or the purchase date of the systems. Checking the gauge can help solve this problem. If the needle falls inside the green area, then the device will work properly. If it lands anywhere else, then replacement is necessary. If you have an older model without a gauge, then call us, the professionals. 

Examine the Inspection Sticker

Each fire extinguisher should have an inspection sticker or hangtag that shows a record of all routine checkups, which should happen each year. If there is no sticker, then replace the fire extinguisher ASAP. It will give you peace of mind to start over and keep up with the equipment. We can make your life easier. Not only can we inspect your existing fire protection equipment, but we can replace it, and inspect each year going forward. 

Look for Signs of Wear and Tear

Do you notice a cracked or ripped nozzle? How about a missing locking pin or a wobbly handle? If so, then these are also indicators that you need to upgrade your equipment. We understand that running a business is hard work. Thinking about fire safety often gets put on the back runner, but being safe is better than being sorry. If you find that your schedule is too busy to keep up with commercial fire protection, then we’re here for you so that you can get back to what you do best: running a successful business. 

Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection

If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience in designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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