How Long Should A Fire Extinguisher Last And How Often Should You Replace Them?
Fire extinguishers should be present in everyone’s home or business. An electrical or chemical fire can have disastrous consequences, potentially leading to the destruction of property and the loss of life.
It is important that fire extinguishers are regularly checked and maintained to prevent them from becoming ineffective. Defective fire extinguishers can put people and property at risk in the event of a fire. Annual check-ups by a professional are strongly recommended to keep the extinguishers in prime condition.
A fire extinguisher should last for anywhere between five and fifteen years. Models which are older than fifteen years old should be replaced with a brand-new model, even if there doesn’t appear to be any damage. Sepmar provides extinguishers that are long-lasting.
When purchasing a fire extinguisher, it is a good idea to check how old the model actually is because it may not be completely brand-new. Some people will buy an extinguisher thinking that it has just come off the production line, only to discover that it is a few years old already.
Replacing Fire Extinguishers
As previously stated in the article, damaged fire extinguishers need to be replaced as soon as possible. There are several common signs of wear and tear: Firstly, the hose or nozzle of the extinguisher may have become cracked after being accidentally knocked against a wall or dropped on the floor. The hose or nozzle could have become clogged with foam after prior use. Make sure to flush out the hose and nozzle after the extinguisher has been used. The locking pin may have become unsteady or it may be missing completely. All maintenance and checkups should be recorded on a sticker which is attached to the side of the extinguisher – if the sticker is missing then the fire extinguisher should be replaced with a new one.
The contents of the extinguisher may settle if it has not been used for a long time. Whilst this will not damage the canister in any way, it is sensible to give the canister a firm shake once a month in order to keep the foam inside evenly distributed.
A professional will be able to tell if there is any damage to the extinguisher. Ordinary people who are unfamiliar with the equipment may be unable to spot problems when they have occurred.
Protecting Fire Extinguishers
Extinguishers need to be protected in order to make sure that they will work for as long as possible. There are several ways to do this: extinguishers can be stored in a safety cabinet to prevent them being knocked over or exposed to dangerous chemicals. The canisters can also be mounted on secure wall-brackets which allow for easy access when they are needed. Children should be reminded that extinguishers are not toys and that they shouldn’t attempt to play with the equipment under any circumstances.
Use this guide to understand the importance of fire extinguisher replacement and maintenance.