Fire Extinguisher Maintenance: What You Need to Know

    With proper training and education, fire extinguishers can save lives and property. However, if they are not properly maintained they may not work when you need them. Here is what you need to know about performing fire extinguisher maintenance!

    Remember to check fire extinguishers regularly for:

    Easy access in an emergency: be sure nothing is blocking or limiting your ability to reach it.

    The recommended pressure level: many extinguishers have gauges that show when pressure is too high or too low.

    Working parts: make sure the can, hoses and nozzles aren’t damaged, dented, or rusted.

    Cleanliness: remove any dust, oil, or grease that might be on the outside of the extinguisher.

    Guidelines and instructions: some extinguishers need to be shaken monthly, others need to be pressure tested every few years.

    Source for Content: United States Fire Administration

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