What do you need to inspect fire extinguishers?

CO2 extinguishers should be replaced every 10 years, unless they are damaged or have been discharged. No extinguisher must ever be more than 20 years old. It is also a legal requirement to keep a permanent record of all servicing, maintenance and inspections of fire extinguishers.

What are the main inspection points on a fire extinguisher?

Make sure the nozzle or other parts of the extinguisher are not obstructed in any way. If your portable fire extinguishers have a pin and tamper seal, check to see if they are intact and undamaged. Check for dents, rust, leaks or any sign of abuse or wear.

For businesses, organisations, public buildings and HMOs, it is a legal requirement to ensure all fire extinguishers are serviced every year. Not only will avoiding this annual service leave your people, premises and property at risk, but you will also be liable for a large fine.

Should you shake fire extinguisher?

Some manufacturers recommend shaking your dry chemical extinguishers once a month to prevent the powder from settling/packing. Fire extinguishers should be pressure tested (a process called hydrostatic testing) after a number of years to ensure that the cylinder is safe to use.

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Can I service my own fire extinguishers?

Whilst technically, anyone who’s knowledgeable enough can carry out a fire extinguisher inspection and service, it is the advice of the recognised trade bodies, British Standards and Red Box Fire Control that you seek a third party accredited technician who can do the work safely for you.

How often do fire extinguishers need to be inspected OSHA?

The employer shall assure that carbon dioxide extinguishers and nitrogen or carbon dioxide cylinders used with wheeled extinguishers are tested every 5 years at 5/3 of the service pressure as stamped into the cylinder.

How do I know if my fire extinguisher is full?

Most fire extinguishers should have a pressure gauge with a red section and a green section. If the needle is in the green, you’re good. If your extinguishers don’t have a pressure gauge and you want to test them, press in the pin. If it pops back up, the extinguisher is pressurized.

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