The life expectancy of our fire extinguishers is approximately 10-12 years after the date of manufacture. The manufacture date is on the UL nameplate on the fire extinguisher canister.
How do I know if my First Alert fire extinguisher is expired?
To determine the date of a fire extinguisher manufacture, you can typically find the year of manufacture on the UL nameplate. On First Alert fire extinguishers, the UL nameplate is the label on the fire extinguisher canister. The date of manufacture can be found next to the Underwriters Laboratories logo.
Do fire extinguishers have a use by date?
The truth is that most fire extinguishers do not come with an expiration date, and it can be challenging to know exactly when to replace your fire extinguisher. There is no exact, set number of years that you can have an extinguisher before it is considered “expired.”
How can you tell if a fire extinguisher is still good?
Most fire extinguishers should have a pressure gauge with a red section and a green section. If the needle is in the green, you’re good. If your extinguishers don’t have a pressure gauge and you want to test them, press in the pin. If it pops back up, the extinguisher is pressurized.
What do you do with old fire extinguishers?
If the fire extinguisher is partially or fully charged, call your fire department to ask if they accept drop-offs. If not, take the canister to a hazardous waste disposal facility. If the fire extinguisher is empty, squeeze the lever to ensure no pressure remains inside.
Can fire extinguishers be stored laying down?
While modern extinguishers can be stored horizontally (the contents are under pressure and the angle of storage will not cause the system to leak), proper fire extinguisher storage includes using the appropriate mounting brackets to keep the extinguisher within easy access.
Is a 20 year old fire extinguisher still good?
Although they don’t have a true “expiration date,” traditional fire extinguishers generally have a 10-12 year life expectancy. Disposable fire extinguishers should be replaced every 12 years. Rechargeable fire extinguishers should be taken to an experienced fire equipment company and recharged every 10 years.
Is it a legal requirement to have fire extinguishers checked?
For businesses, organisations, public buildings and HMOs, it is a legal requirement to ensure all fire extinguishers are serviced every year. Not only will avoiding this annual service leave your people, premises and property at risk, but you will also be liable for a large fine.
Do fire extinguishers have to be replaced every 5 years?
Pressurized water, carbon dioxide, and wet chemical extinguishers have a minimum service life of 5 years. After these respective time periods, to continue using a fire extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires that the extinguisher be subjected to service or hydrostatic testing.
How often do you need to recharge a fire extinguisher?
For the most commonly used stored pressure dry chemical fire extinguishers, this internal examination and recharging is required at six and twelve years from the date of manufacture noted on the extinguisher.