Can A Fire Extinguisher Expire?
Manufacturers put most fire extinguishers' life span at 5 - 15 years. However, the real question is when did you receive your fire extinguisher? They do not last forever, and any fire extinguisher with at least of the following is most likely expiring soon:
- The hose or nozzle is broken, cracked, or blocked with debris.
- The locking pin is unsealed or missing.
- The handle is loose or broken.
- The inspection sticker is missing.
- The hanging tag (what tracks the extinguisher's checkups and maintenance) is missing.
Another factor to consider when assessing the age of your fire extinguisher is what type of fire extinguisher you have. Fire extinguishers are composed of different things and will age in different ways…
- Compressed Gas
- Can leak contents slowly as their seals weaken
- Ammonium Phosphate
- Overtime will solidify render the entire device unusable
By proactively evaluating the condition of your fire extinguisher at home or in your workplace, you are helping increase the safety of yourself and others! Determining if you have a reliable fire extinguisher will help you successfully respond to an emergency! If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a house or business fire, call SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County. We are your 24-Hour Emergency Service for fire clean-up, restoration, and construction!