Fire extinguisher maintenance is important for everyone’s safety. Contact us to schedule training for your employees.
Maintenance procedures shall include a thorough examination of the three basic elements of a fire extinguisher:
Seals or Tamper Indicators
- Mechanical Parts
- Extinguisher Agent
- Expelling Means
At the time of the maintenance, the tamper seal of rechargeable fire extinguishers shall be removed by operating the pull pin or locking device. After the applicable maintenance procedures are completed, a new tamper seal shall be installed.
Maintenance Record Keeping
Each fire extinguisher shall have a tag or label securely attached that indicates the month and year the maintenance was performed and that identifies the person performing the search.
All rechargeable-type fire extinguishers shall be recharged after any use or as indicated by inspection or when performing maintenance.
After recharging, a leak test shall be performed on stored-pressure and self-expelling types of fire extinguishers.
If the extinguisher is damaged, replace it immediately! Triangle Fire technicians are available 24/7. Contact us if you need emergency service.
IMPORTANT: Recharge all extinguishers immediately after use regardless of how much they were used.
Fire extinguishers are required by law to be maintained once a year, or when specifically indicated by an inspection. Maintenance is a “thorough check” of the extinguisher. It is intended to give maximum assurance that an extinguisher will operate effectively and safely. It includes a thorough examination and any necessary repair, recharging or replacement. It will normally reveal the need for hydrostatic testing of an extinguisher.
Every 6 years, stored-pressure fire extinguishers that require a 12-year
hydrostatic test shall be emptied and subjected to the applicable
maintenance procedures. The removal of the agent shall only be done
using a listed halon closed recovery system. When the applicable
maintenance procedures are performed during a periodic recharging or
hydrostatic testing, the 6-year requirement shall begin from that date.
Nonrechargeable fire extinguishers shall not be hydrostatic tested but shall be removed from service at a maximum interval of 12 years from the date of manufacture.