While it may seem like merely owning a fire extinguisher will protect you from fire hazards, there are a few things that you must do to make sure that your trusty fire extinguisher can answer the call when you need it. Having a regular fire extinguisher maintenance schedule is a vital part of fire safety. Fire extinguisher recharging and maintenance is critical for ensuring that you, your family, or your business are protected in case of a fire. Here are a few basics about fire extinguisher recharging that will help you assess the state of your fire extinguisher and determine if it needs to be serviced.
Why Fire Extinguishers Need to be Recharged
Fire extinguisher recharging and maintenance must be done to ensure that the equipment will function properly when it is needed in an emergency situation. There are many different types of fire extinguishers, and each one has different needs with respect to maintenance. All fire extinguishers must be checked at regular intervals to make sure that there are no leaks or bulges in the canister, that none of the o-rings or valves are failing, and that sufficient amounts of propellant and firefighting agent are present.
When Fire Extinguishers Need to be Recharged
There are many situations in which a fire extinguisher needs to be recharged. If the fire extinguisher has been used, it must immediately be recharged to ensure that it is available in case of another fire hazard. Even in case of a small or accidental discharge, a fire extinguisher must be serviced. Small uses of fire extinguishers typically cause leakage and a loss in pressure. When fire extinguishers have remained unused, it is still necessary to visually and sometimes internally examine them to make sure they still meet safety standards.
How the Process of Recharging Fire Extinguishers is Performed
While one can learn to examine a fire extinguisher visually, the process of recharging a fire extinguisher should only be done by a professional. During this process, the fire extinguisher is depressurized, disassembled, and cleaned. Next, the unit is visually inspected internally and externally. Then the unit is reassembled, with any faulty parts being replaced. The fire extinguisher is then filled with the proper propellant and firefighting agent, is repressurized, and is tested. Lastly, the technician inspecting the fire extinguisher applies the necessary seals, safety pins, and tags required.
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