Each year, fires cause around $11.2 billion in property damage. A fire extinguisher can protect you and your family from fires, but only if it’s not expired or damaged. How old is your fire extinguisher? Inspect your fire extinguishers to make sure they will work when you need them.
If you don’t have any fire extinguishers, please purchase at least one as soon as possible. If you need help determining how many or what type of fire extinguishers you need, read this post: Purchase Fire Extinguishers.
Once a year, take at a look at your unused extinguisher. If the pressure gauge is green, you’re ready to roll in an emergency. If the gauge falls anywhere else, please service or replace the extinguisher immediately.
Also, check for an expiration date on the fire extinguisher label. Most fire extinguishers last for 5 to 15 years. If your fire extinguisher passes the pressure gauge test, but is past the expiration test you still need to replace it.
If the extinguisher has been used, even for a short blast, we recommend you replace it immediately. Once the seal is broken, it’s impossible to know how much chemical has been released.
Other reasons to replace your fire extinguisher:
• The handle is wobbly or broken
• A splits, cracked/ripped hose or nozzle
• The safety pin is loose, missing or otherwise damaged
• Corrosion on the tank
• Dents on the tank