Your company’s fire suppression system should include some strategically placed fire extinguishers around the building. The sight of fire extinguishers may bring you a sense of peace, but don’t lull yourself into a false sense of security. If your extinguishers are poorly charged, the confidence you have in them is misplaced, as they will not provide you as much protection in the event of an emergency. Here’s why making sure to recharge your fire extinguishers is important.
When Do Fire Extinguishers Need a Recharge?
There are several scenarios that may necessitate the need to recharge your extinguishers:
- Discharging a fire extinguisher in a recent small fire: if you or one of your employees used an extinguisher to combat a recent fire, you should have that extinguisher recharged as soon as possible, even if it was only discharged for a short period.
- Accidental discharge: sometimes fire extinguishers are accidentally discharged, and even a few milliseconds worth of pressure lost can affect the proper operation of the extinguisher. Anytime a fire extinguisher is discharged, either by accident or design, you should have it recharged.
- Recent testing: Technicians may discharge an extinguisher during routine inspections in order to ensure the correct operation of discharging mechanisms and gauge readings. Any necessary repairs and a full recharge ought to be done after the test is over.
- Routine inspection: Visually inspect each fire extinguisher once a month. If a gauge shows low pressure, that extinguisher should be checked for any leaks and given a recharge
How are Fire Extinguishers Recharged?
Some extinguishers are refilled with the agent to recharge them, while others need to be totally drained before refilling. Once the agent is pumped into the canister, the air remaining is pressurized to the proper pressure point. This ensures that, in the event of an emergency, your business has maximum protection.
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