Many people don’t think about their need for a fire extinguisher until it’s too late. While small fires can be managed using a home fire extinguisher, it won’t be of any use to you if it isn’t in functional condition, and they’re important for your safety. To avoid being stuck with a faulty fire extinguisher, here are some ways you can determine if it is still in working condition.
Ensure Easy Access
A fire extinguisher is no good to you if you can’t get to it during a fire. That’s why you should always place it somewhere where it is easy to see and retrieve.
Check Your Extinguisher’s Pressure
There are a lot of fire extinguishers that have pressure gauges in them. These help you determine if the fire extinguisher is in operating range. If you have a fire extinguisher with a pressure gauge, check it to be certain that it has proper pressure. The gauge needle should help you determine if you are ok.
See If There is Any Physical Damage
Inspect your hose, nozzle, and can to make sure they are in good condition. Signs that your fire extinguisher is damaged include things such as rust or dents. If you see signs of damage, you’re most likely better off replacing your fire extinguisher. It can help to keep track of your extinguisher’s maintenance history. That means you might be better off documenting your inspections on the inspection tag.
Clean Your Extinguisher
Keep watch on the outside of your fire extinguisher. Check to see if it has any oil, grease, dust, or any other type of dirt. If your extinguisher is dirty, make sure to clean it. Some extinguishers have to be shaken every month or possibly get pressure tested every couple of years. You should also keep in mind that a fire extinguisher will often last you between 5 and 15 years. Take a look at the extinguisher’s label or tag and find the expiration date or the last time it had a maintenance check. If the last date you see was at least ten years ago, it’s probably best that you replace your fire extinguisher.
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