Even with regular maintenance and inspection, fire extinguishers should be replaced after a certain period of time. When you should have your fire extinguishers replaced will depend on a number of factors, including local regulations. Therefore, if you live in San Bernardino, for instance, you need to inform yourself about regulations on fire extinguisher servicing and replacement that are in effect across Southern California.
However, it’s important to mention that codes may vary even depending on the county or city. So, it’s always advisable that you reach out to the official Office of the State Fire Marshal, your local fire protection authorities, or an authorized provider of fire extinguisher services to get accurate information on the applicable codes.
How often should you replace fire extinguishers?
In general, fire extinguishers don’t have to be replaced often if they are maintained properly and inspected on a regular basis. Nonetheless, you’ll need to have them replaced eventually. How often this should be done can vary from one situation to another.
Although fire extinguishers can be fully operational for up to 12 years, it’s always better to consult with fire safety and prevention specialists.
If you’re not sure whether you should replace the fire extinguishers in your facility, here are a few steps you can take to find out.
Take a look at the inspection record
Regular inspections of fire extinguishers are a legal requirement, which is why every fire extinguisher typically has a label or sticker where check-up and inspection results are recorded. So, start by making sure that all of your fire extinguishers have these stickers. This is important because it provides you with information regarding the servicing of fire extinguishers.
If you determine that some fire extinguishers don’t have these records, make sure to replace them, especially if you’ve just moved to a facility and don’t know the previous history of fire extinguisher refilling, maintenance, servicing, and inspection.
Determine the type of fire extinguishers
The replacement requirements may depend on the specific fire extinguisher type for your business. So, it’s important to check what size and type your fire extinguishers are. Afterward, check the regulations for this particular type of fire equipment.
This way, not only will you stay compliant, but you’ll also know what kind of maintenance your fire extinguishers require. For instance, certain fire extinguishers can be refilled instead of being immediately replaced.
Check the pressure gauge on a monthly basis
It’s essential that you, or an appointed employee, check the pressure gauges on fire extinguishers every month. You need to make sure that the needle on a pressure gauge is within the green area. If it isn’t, you will need to get your fire extinguisher serviced or replaced.
However, it’s important to note that certain old fire extinguisher models don’t have pressure gauges. In this case, make sure to contact a certified fire protection provider to check the fire extinguisher or arrange for a replacement if needed.
Inspect for common replacement signs
It’s advisable that you visually inspect your fire extinguishers monthly. During these checks, if you notice one of the following signs of damage, you should have your fire extinguishers replaced immediately.
- There is no locking pin on the handle.
- The handle of a fire extinguisher is loose.
- The nozzle or hose is blocked or damaged.
- There are traces of rust or corrosion on a fire extinguisher.
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Thus, if you need someone to replace your fire extinguishers, inspect them on a regular basis, or make sure your fire extinguishers are properly mounted, we’re the ones to call. Since we service entire Southern California, we can assist you wherever you are. Give us a call & we’ll come at your earliest convenience!