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How often should a fire extinguisher be serviced?

How often should a fire extinguisher be serviced?

 

Frequency of Fire Extinguisher Servicing:

The frequency of fire extinguisher servicing is determined by various factors, including the type of fire extinguisher, the environment it's placed in, and applicable regulations. Here's a general guideline:

  1. Monthly Inspections: Conduct a visual inspection of fire extinguishers at least once a month. Check for physical damage, tampering, and the presence of pressure in the gauge.

  2. Annual Maintenance: Fire extinguishers should undergo a thorough inspection and maintenance check by a certified professional at least once a year. This involves a more detailed examination of the extinguisher's components, such as seals, hoses, and valves.

  3. Hydrostatic Testing: Depending on the type of fire extinguisher, hydrostatic testing (pressure testing) is typically required every 5 to 12 years. This ensures the structural integrity of the extinguisher's pressure vessel.

  4. Recharging: After use or if the pressure gauge indicates a low charge, fire extinguishers need to be recharged promptly. Recharging involves refilling the extinguisher with the appropriate extinguishing agent and pressurizing it.

Special Considerations:

  1. High-Risk Environments: In environments with higher fire risks, such as industrial facilities or commercial kitchens, fire extinguishers may need more frequent inspections and servicing due to increased wear and tear.

  2. Extreme Conditions: Fire extinguishers exposed to extreme temperatures, humidity, or corrosive environments might require more frequent servicing to ensure their reliability.

  3. New Fire Extinguishers: Even new fire extinguishers should undergo an initial inspection to ensure they were not damaged during transportation or storage.

Professional Involvement:

It's important to engage certified fire safety professionals to perform inspections, maintenance, and hydrostatic testing. Their expertise ensures that fire extinguishers meet safety standards and are in optimal working condition.

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