Repair or Replace a Fire Extinguisher: Definitive Signs That You Need a New Extinguisher
Every good employer cares about the fire protection and life safety of everyone in the company, which is why they often come to us for advice on whether to repair or replace their fire extinguishers in Columbus, Ohio corporate and business offices.
A fire extinguisher used time and time again will have to be replaced sooner or later. There are a few signs that indicate a fire extinguisher has served its purpose and we will cover them in this article. There are also a few visible signs that indicate you need to replace a fire extinguisher to ensure everyone’s safety.
Of course, if you don’t want to risk it you could always ask a professional for an educated assessment of what your fire extinguisher needs are. Red Truck Fire & Safety Company is a reliable partner in keeping in line with local and state codes and offering expert repair and recharge services for all types of fire extinguishers in Columbus, Ohio.
When is it time to replace your fire extinguishers?
Knowing when to replace a fire extinguisher is crucial. Fortunately, a fire extinguisher in need of a replacement often shows visible signs. The first one is that the fire extinguisher is not operating or is malfunctioning in any way during operation. But if you don’t want to wait until it’s too late to know you need a replacement, you can also identify an extinguisher in need of retirement by the way it looks and feels.
If the shell of the extinguisher is damaged, rusted, pitted or dented, it is imperative that you get a replacement extinguisher just to be safe. Checking the hose for clogs, rips or cracks can also help determine if an extinguisher has served its purpose. An expert can tell you whether these can be mended or recommend getting a new one. You can also tell a fire extinguisher should be replaced if it feels light or if the handle is loose. More than one of the signs listed above indicates you need a replacement as soon as possible.
When is recharging fire extinguishers enough?
Sometimes the fire extinguisher feeling lighter is simply due to the fact that it has lost its charge. In fact fire extinguishers can lose charge over time but most can be used again after a checkup and recertification. To determine whether an extinguisher is fully charged you should examine the gauge. If the needle is in the green area, the extinguisher is most likely safe to use. If it drops below that line you should have it recharged by a professional and licensed fire protection company.
If you’ve recently used a fire extinguisher, have it recharged as soon as possible to ensure that it’s ready for another use and that it meets all the local standards. Having your extinguishers submitted to annual checkups and maintenance will help guarantee they last for at least twelve years, provided you take good care of them. Just to be on the safe side, inspect the charge level of every fire extinguisher in your office building at least once a month and have a professional licensed fire protection company inspect and certify the extinguishers on an annual basis.
Red Truck: Helping Keep Your Fire Extinguishers in Columbus, Ohio in Check!
Red Truck Fire & Safety Company is a reliable partner in keeping your business safe, which is why we offer premier fire extinguisher service, inspection, certification and installation. We also offer a wide variety of fire extinguisher models (all sizes and all types), extinguisher cabinets, fire sprinklers, fire suppression systems, pre-engineered systems, waterless systems, fire hose, exit signs and other fire protection equipment, supplies and services. We offer our services to businesses large or small at a reasonable and competitive price. Red Truck Fire & Safety Company offers fire extinguisher services throughout Ohio as well as in Columbus (Franklin County), Dayton (Montgomery County) and Cincinnati (Hamilton County). Please do not hesitate to request a service quote through our online form.