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A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely. Portable fire extinguishers are effective against small fires -- but only if equipment is properly placed, efficiently maintained, and used by trained individuals.
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All extinguishers need to be recharged after use or as indicated by an inspection from one of our technicians. Recharging is the replacement or replenishment of the extinguishing agent and/or the expellant for certain extinguishers.
An inspection is a “quick check” that an extinguisher is available and will operate. It is designed to give reasonable assurance that an extinguisher is fully charged and operable. This is done by seeing that it is in its designated place, that it has not been actuated or tampered with, that the visual inspection seal is intact, and that there is no obvious physical damage or condition to prevent operation. Inspections should always be conducted when extinguishers are initially placed in service and thereafter at approximately 30 day intervals.
Extinguishers need to be maintained at regular intervals, not more than one year apart, 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.
Extinguishers need to be tested hydrostatically (a pressurized test conducted in water) at regular intervals as required in the Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers (NFPA-10) or more frequently when inspection or maintenance indicates a specific need. Such tests are usually required on extinguisher shells, cylinders, some cartridges and some hose assemblies.
Each extinguisher must have a tag or label securely attached that indicates the month and year the maintenance was performed and shall identify the person performing the service. The same record tag or label shall indicate if recharging was also performed. Fire department inspections will check these tags during routine building inspections. At a minimum, the date the inspection was performed and the initials of the person performing the inspection shall be recorded. In addition to the required tag or label, a permanent file record should be kept for each extinguisher. This file record should include the maintenance date and the name of person or agency performing the maintenance; the date when last recharged and the name of person or agency performing the hydrostatic test; and description of dents remaining after a hydrostatic test.
Parts of the above were taken from NFPA Pamphlet 10.