What Is Fire Extinguisher Maintenance?

So, you’ve installed a fire extinguisher. This means your fire prevention efforts are complete, right? Actually, no. Fire extinguisher maintenance is crucial to ongoing fire prevention and protection efforts. This maintenance involves several key steps. Use the following guide to keep your fire extinguishers in top condition and ready at a moment’s notice in the event of a fire.

Frequency of fire extinguisher maintenance

Major fire extinguisher maintenance should occur at least once each year, and minor fire extinguisher maintenance should occur monthly.

Major maintenance

Major maintenance includes a thorough check of the fire extinguisher. This may be completed by a professional to ensure the equipment is ready for operation in case of fire. The annual inspection includes examining the unit for any necessary recharging, repair or replacement. It may also involve testing the equipment.

Minor maintenance

In addition to yearly inspections by a professional, you should also maintain your extinguishers monthly. These quick checks must be performed to ensure the fire extinguisher is fully operable and available at all times.

Fire extinguisher maintenance checklist

Here’s a closer look at some of the specific fire extinguisher maintenance steps you should take to ensure the continued reliability of your extinguisher:

  • Accessibility: Make sure nothing is blocking access to your fire extinguishers. Boxes, equipment, coats or other stored items that could interfere with accessing the equipment should be relocated.
  • Pressure: For proper operation, fire extinguishers must have appropriate pressure. Make sure the pressure of your extinguisher is at the recommended level. For units that feature a gauge, the level should be in the green zone.
  • Parts: All components of the fire extinguisher should be operable. Make sure the nozzle and other parts can move freely as needed.
  • Pin: The fire extinguisher pin should be in place. If the unit features a tamper seal, confirm that this is intact as well.
  • Wear and tear: Look over the extinguisher to check for any signs of wear and tear, including rust, dents, chemical deposits or leaks.
  • Cleaning: Wipe away any dust or other debris that has accumulated on your extinguisher. If there are any corrosive chemicals or oils present, have the unit inspected further by a professional to see if the unit needs to be replaced.

When to replace

If your regular inspections reveal any damage to the unit, replace it right away. Additionally, if the extinguisher needs to be recharged, it is time to replace the unit. Never try to “make do” with a fire extinguisher that is in questionable condition. It is crucial to always make sure extinguishers can function optimally in case of fire.

Note: If you use a fire extinguisher, even minimally, it must be recharged.

Professional fire extinguisher maintenance

For professional assistance with your fire extinguisher maintenance, contact the team at Raider Fire Protection. Since 1985, we have been the area’s premier source of reliable fire protection services and products. We provide fire extinguishers, inspections and additional products to help keep you and your property safe. Our team serves both commercial and residential settings. We are committed to delivering the best in fire extinguisher maintenance and follow-up services to minimize risk and keep your systems ready in the event of a fire. Reach us today at 818-701-6518.