If you’ve recently had to use your fire extinguishers to put out a fire, then you have one of two options. The first is to get your fire extinguisher completely refilled or recharged. The second option is to simply replace your entire unit. How do you know which one you should choose? What things should you consider? That’s what we’re here to discuss today.
Here is some quick, helpful advice when it comes to determining whether you should replace your fire safety equipment or simply have it refilled. Let’s jump right in!
When to refill your tank
Fire extinguishers are built to last – and in some cases can be useful for up to 12 years or more. This means that so long as you keep up with your regular, routine inspections and take care of your equipment, your shell should be in good shape and you’ll be able to simply recharge your extinguisher as many times as you need to.
A caveat to this, however, is with regards to smaller fire extinguishers. They’re usually only made for a few uses if that. So if you recently used one to put out a fire, we recommend you simply get it replaced. For normal to larger extinguishers, you should be fine getting them refilled.
When it’s time to get them replaced
Any time you use an extinguisher, you should have it inspected. But when is it time to get a totally new unit? We recommend purchasing a replacement IF:
- The hose or nozzle is damaged
- Pins are broken or missing
- Wobbly handles
- No inspection tag or a missing inspection tag
- Cracks or damage to the extinguisher’s shell.
These are all repairs that can’t be made or if they were made – would cost you a pretty penny. A good rule of thumb is that if the extinguisher experiences any kind of significant damage on the exterior, then it’s time to get it replaced.
If you have a question about this or any other fire protection topic, please contact Protegis Fire & Safety.