Fire extinguishers need to be recharged periodically throughout their life, even if they haven’t been used. Both the NFPA 10 code standard for portable fire extinguishers and manufacturer’s service guidelines require periodic internal examination and recharging.
How do I know if my fire extinguisher needs to be recharged?
Rechargeable fire extinguishers typically have the following:
- They often (though not always) have metal discharge head.
- A pressure gauge that reads undercharged/overcharged and a full zone, which is the green zone on the gauge.
- The extinguisher should be clearly labeled as rechargeable.
Do fire extinguishers have to be recharged?
Fire extinguishers need to be recharged after each use – even if they aren’t empty – to ensure that there will be enough pressure and suppressant liquid to properly extinguish another fire. They should also be recharged if they become damaged, or periodically throughout their ten-year lifespan.
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.
Can you refill an expired fire extinguisher?
With proper care, fire extinguishers should last at least 10 to 12 years. At this age, your extinguishers require hydrostatic testing to verify the integrity of the outer shell. If it passes the test, you can recharge the extinguisher and continue using it for several more years.
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.
What is the cost to recharge a fire extinguisher?
Hire a trained professional to make sure your extinguisher is safe and gets recharged with the correct chemical extinguishing agent. To do this, check your favorite search engine or the Yellow pages for certified fire equipment dealers in your area. A single recharge typically costs between $15 and $25.
How often do fire extinguishers need to be checked?
NFPA 10 requires extinguishers be inspected when they are initially installed and once a month after that. You should inspect extinguishers more frequently if they are installed in locations where they are more prone to rust, impact or tampering.