For homes and businesses alike, you likely don’t have your fire extinguishers at the forefront of your mind every day. You might believe that your extinguisher will be ready whenever you need it, but problems can come up, sometimes without warning. This is why you need to regularly inspect your extinguishers. This way, you can address problems before an emergency situation befalls you.
One problem your extinguisher could face is depressurization. An extinguisher that isn’t pressurized sufficiently won’t be able to perform its function. Therefore, it’s important to notice when it happens, as well as why this problem occurs. Today, we’ll talk about why a fire extinguisher could depressurize, and why this is a danger for you.
Reasons a Fire Extinguisher Loses Pressure
Portable extinguishers have a cylindrical shape to them, and they either get filled with water or an extinguishing agent of some sort. After that, these extinguishers get pressurized with the help of an expellant gas. With the help of the extinguisher valve, the gas is kept safely contained until the fire extinguisher needs to be used.
As time passes, though, leaks can occur in your extinguisher. This means the gas is able to gradually leak out. Because of this, depressurization takes place.
Why a Depressurized Fire Extinguisher is a Problem
When a fire extinguisher becomes depressurized, it isn’t a direct danger to you. The gas that leaks out is harmless and won’t be a hazard to anyone near it. Still, though, depressurization comes with a whole slew of other pressing concerns.
The biggest problem is that the fire extinguisher will no longer be operational. You won’t be able to launch the extinguishing agent at whatever fire you’re trying to eliminate. This is crucial because every moment is vital in an emergency situation, and you don’t want to spend extra time finding a new fire extinguisher to use. Sometimes, that won’t be an option that is available to you, not to mention the fact that fires only continue to grow as time passes, making them even harder to handle.You don’t want people or your property to be in danger, so having a functional fire extinguisher available at all times is needed. This means you can’t afford to have a depressurized extinguisher during emergencies.
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