Fire extinguishers have a shelf-life, and so they need to be replaced regularly. Do you know how often to replace your fire extinguishers?
How Often Should You Replace Your Fire Extinguishers?
Usually, a fire extinguisher last between 5 and 15 years – but they should be inspected by a professional annually. It is not worth the risk of a fire extinguisher failing to work when you rely on it.
Signs You Need a New Fire Extinguisher
If you notice any of the following, your fire extinguisher must be replaced immediately:
- The nozzle is damaged or blocked;
- The hose or is cracked or ripped;
- The locking pin is missing;
- The handle is loose;
- The sticker displaying the service history is missing or illegible.
Dates on a Fire Extinguisher
The most important factor in finding out if a fire extinguisher needs replacing is its date of manufacture. After a certain time, the extinguisher can no longer be refilled (powder, foam or water types) or refurbished (CO2 type). A foam, water or powder extinguisher usually needs replacing five years from commissioning or six years after manufacture – whichever date comes first. For CO2 extinguishers, refurbishment is due 10 years from manufacture, no matter when it came into service.
The commission date will be shown on a maintenance label. The manufacturing date will be stamped on the cylinder body, or sometimes printed on a label. The stamp might be hidden under a plastic ring around the neck or a plastic boot. If you can’t find a date, the extinguisher should be replaced.
RV Fire Systems
It really is not worth the risk of keeping a fire extinguisher that may be unsafe. If in doubt, call the experts. For professional advice, training and fire safety equipment supply, installation and maintenance in the North West, contact us at RV Fire Systems on one of our regional numbers below.
Clitheroe Fire Extinguishers Specialist:- 01200 439333
Manchester Fire Extinguishers Specialist:- 0161 8260480
Blackburn Fire Extinguishers Specialist:- 01254 367611
Blackpool Fire Extinguishers Specialist:- 01253 804199
Preston Fire Extinguishers Specialist:- 01772 970411