It’s Time to Recharge My Fire Extinguishers…What Do I Do?

Fire extinguishers are one of the most important tools people have to fight fires. Therefore, it’s important to keep them in good, working condition and well-maintained at all times.

Many of our clients assume they can rely on the same extinguishers they’ve had for eight (8) to ten (10) years because they’ve never used it. Truth is, fire extinguishers need to be looked at frequently. One reason is to make sure it is charged enough and will work when you need it.

If you’re wondering whether or not it’s time for you to get your fire extinguishers charged, then today’s blog is for you.

Have You Recently Used Your Extinguisher?

If you recently used or discharged your extinguisher, 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

If you’re not sure of the condition of your fire extinguisher, get it inspected. A professional will know exactly what to recommend.

Obvious Problems

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 etc. Also, always be on the lookout for tampering with the extinguisher (for example, a broken seal)

Fire extinguishers are one of those things where if it looks like something is off, chances are it is.

Pressure Gauge Issues

Occasionally, a pressure gauge will stop working and when it does, it’s the equivalent to flying blind. We cannot say it enough, always check and recheck your pressure gauges.

Over time, pressure gauges fail just like anything else would. 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. It is best to leave it to the pros.

If you have a question about this or any other fire protection topic, please contact Protegis Fire & Safety. Stay safe.

How to Know When to Recharge Your Fire Extinguisher

There’s no doubt that fire extinguishers are among the most important tools in any fire safety plan. They’re often the first line of defense against fires – and their usage can prevent certain fires from becoming catastrophic – saving both lives and assets.

However, many people make the mistake of depending on the same, old fire extinguishers they’ve had over the course of a few years. They think that because they haven’t had to use them that they should be full and ready to go whenever needed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Fire extinguishers need to be charged in order to operate correctly. Here are some ways you can stay out ahead of this issue and make sure that when called upon – your fire extinguishers will be ready.

Was your extinguisher recently used?

If the answer is ‘yes’ – then it’s time to get it recharged. If the answer is ‘no, it hasn’t been used in years’ – then you really, really need to get it charged. Over time an extinguisher can leak pressure – so little you’d never notice it. And when it leaks air pressure, it also leaks chemicals from within the extinguisher. That’s bad if you need to fight a fire – it’s doubly bad if you lack both the chemicals and the air pressure to fight the fire.

Take the time to read this blog through, then call someone and get it inspected. Oh, and speaking of inspections…

Get your extinguishers inspected regularly

You should get your extinguishers inspected every year. Get a fire safety pro to come through, inspect them -and make sure everything is working as it should be. Fire extinguishers are incredibly durable – but in the rare event that they’re not, it’s important to be prepared. Professionals will also notice things that you simply wouldn’t think or know how to look for. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Be on the lookout for problems

Things like low-pressure readings are a sign that you might need to get your extinguisher recharged. This would also apply if you can’t read operating instructions or you notice that certain seals have been broken. Also – if your extinguisher has been tampered with in any way – It should immediately be replaced.

Beware pressure gage issues

Anytime you notice little to no change in a pressure gage over the span of a few months, you could potentially have an issue. Your unit could be overcharged or undercharged – and you’ll need to make sure that your extinguisher is within safe operational parameters.

If you have any questions about this or any other fire protection topic, please contact Protegis Fire & Safety.