Frequent question: How can you tell how old your fire extinguisher is?

It might be printed on the extinguisher label or stamped into the cylinder body. If you don’t readily see a date stamp, check under the plastic ring around the neck of the extinguisher or beneath the rubber boot at the base of the cylinder.

How do you know 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.

Do fire extinguishers have serial numbers?

Where to Find the Model & Serial Number on Fire Extinguishers. The model number will be located on the label in the bottom right or left hand corner. It will say MODEL before it and give you a list of models.

What happens to out of date fire extinguishers?

Broken or weakened seal around the neck of the extinguisher – this can result in the compressed air escaping, which will reduce the pressure in the extinguisher, meaning it will not work properly. Powder settling – the chemical powder can settle at the bottom of your extinguisher, getting packed into place.

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What can you do with an out of date fire extinguisher?

If you are disposing one or two foam or powder extinguishers, then the easiest way to do this is to drop them off at your local recycling centre. Water or CO2 extinguishers can, as long as you follow our pointers below, be discharged by you and once the pressure and contents are released, they become scrap metal.

Do First Alert fire extinguishers expire?

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.

What does the number on the bottom of a fire extinguisher mean?

The rating number that indicates the extinguishing capability, information on how much dry chemical should be in the fire extinguisher, and the suitable temperatures in which the agent will operate are on the label, as shown in the Photos 2, 2a, and 2b below.

Do fire extinguishers expire Kidde?

Simply put, you should not use an expired fire extinguisher. However, with proper care and maintenance, your fire extinguisher should be able to last 10 – 12 years. In the event that your fire extinguisher is no longer safe to use, we can also provide you with a new one.

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