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How do I get my fire extinguisher recharged?

How do I get my fire extinguisher recharged?

When it is determined that a fire extinguisher needs to be recharged, call a fire extinguisher servicing company to have it done. They will send a trained technician to service your extinguishers on-site or take them to a facility to perform the required maintenance.

Can I recharge my own fire extinguisher?

Why you should not recharge a fire extinguisher yourself! Fire extinguishers with a plastic valve assembly are not suitable for recharging. Fire extinguishers with a metal valve assembly are built in a way that they can be recharged. Additionally, to recharge a fire extinguisher requires specific training.

Can you reuse a fire extinguisher?

You can use a fire extinguisher more than once, as long as it is not damaged or expired, but it must be recharged between uses. It is important to check the label of the fire extinguisher, so you know if the one you have is reusable or not.

How many times can a fire extinguisher be recharged?

Recharge: Water (stored pressure) fire extinguishers should be recharged once per year; AFFF and FFFP (liquid charge type) extinguishers should be recharged every 3 years; carbon dioxide, dry chemical (stainless steel), and wet chemical extinguishers require recharging every 5 years; and dry chemical (stored pressure).

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 you check fire extinguishers?

Extinguishers need to have an internal examination conducted at anywhere from 1-6 year intervals depending on the type of extinguisher. For example, a dry chemical, stored pressure fire extinguisher must have an internal examination every 6 years, see NFPA 10 Table 7.3.

What do you do with expired fire extinguishers?

For fully or partially charged fire extinguishers, call your local fire department and ask if you can drop off expired fire extinguishers at the firehouse. If they don’t accept old canisters, take your extinguishers to a hazardous waste disposal facility.

How do I know if my fire extinguisher is still good?

Rubin recommends checking the pressure gauge monthly. “If the needle is in the green area, it’s functional,” he says. If it falls anywhere else, the extinguisher is unreliable and should be serviced or replaced. For an older model without a gauge, have it checked by a pro.

What is the lifespan of a fire extinguisher?

When an extinguisher passes the testing, it can be recharged. Once recharged, a fire extinguisher can be used for another 5, 6 or 12 years (depending on the type), until the next required service or testing. There are some non-rechargeable fire extinguishers, which should be disposed of and replaced every 12 years.

How do I know if my fire extinguisher is full?

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.

When do I need to recharge my fire extinguisher?

There are several instances where fire extinguisher recharging needs to take place —one that is obvious and some that are less commonly known. Fire extinguishers need to be recharged immediately after each use.

Where is the recharge needle on a fire extinguisher?

A properly pressurized extinguisher. If the extinguisher needs to be recharged, the needle will be located outside of the green zone and in the “recharge” portion of the pressure gauge. An inadequately pressurized extinguisher.

What happens when you use a fire extinguisher?

Using your extinguisher for a short amount of time will reduce how much pressure is in the product and can make it ineffective when there is a fire. You may only need to fill it up a little bit, but it is still important to fill up. Take a look at the date on your fire extinguisher.

What does a rechargeable fire extinguisher look like?

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