Fire extinguishers are some of the most important tools people can have to fight fires in their home or office. Because of that, it’s essential to keep them in good, working condition and well-maintained at all times.
Many of our clients tend to assume that they can rely on the same extinguishers they’ve had for 8-10 years because they’ve never been used. The truth is – fire extinguishers need to be looked at frequently – if for no other reason than to make sure they’re charged enough and will work when you need them.
If you’re wondering whether or not it’s time for you to get your fire extinguishers charged – or aren’t quite sure if they’re dependable – then today’s blog is for you.
Have you recently used your extinguisher?
If you recently used or discharged your extinguisher – even a little bit – then it’s time to get it recharged. Yes it SHOULD work fine without the recharge, yes the chemicals SHOULD be balanced enough – but the truth is you should NEVER risk it. Even using just a small amount can mess with the pressurization in your extinguishers and cause leaking leading to potential failures when you need them the most.
ALWAYS get your extinguisher recharged after use.
Get an inspection
One of the first things you should do if you’re unsure of the condition of your fire extinguisher – is to simply get it inspected. A professional will know exactly what to recommend.
Also worth noting – whether you get a replacement or not, make sure those inspections are consistent and ongoing – and that they include more than just your extinguisher. In some states, this is actually required by law – but in those that aren’t – don’t leave yourself potentially exposed. Make sure your equipment is always ready to go!
You should always get your extinguishers recharged whenever you notice the usual, obvious issues an extinguisher is having. Things like pressure readings being too low, leaks, missing safety pins near the handle and the like. Also always be on the lookout for tampering with the extinguisher – things like seals being broken – as that could lead to issues, too.
Fire extinguishers are one of those things where if it looks like something is off – the chances are that something is.
Pressure gauge issues
Occasionally a pressure gauge will stop working and when it does- it’s the equivalent to flying blind. If there’s anything to harp on an fire safety pro about – it’s making sure they check and recheck your pressure gauges.
Pressure gauges are a piece of equipment and overtime they tend to fail just like anything else would. And not knowing what’s in your fire extinguisher is too dangerous of a thing to risk. . Make sure your pressure gauges are constantly looked at so that you have an accurate idea of exactly how much is in your extinguisher.
Calling an expert for help
Never try to recharge or fix your fire extinguishers yourself. Too much is at stake. Instead, leave it to your local pros. If you’re looking to get your extinguishers recharged – then give Florida Fire Service a call today and we can give you a free consultation and hopefully help with your issue. Until then – stay safe and good luck!