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Day: March 10, 2022

We Make Sure Your Fire Extinguisher Works

Let Us Make Sure Your Fire Extinguisher Will Work For You

Fire Extinguisher Capabilities

 

Maintenance Inspections

On a yearly basis, we do a complete examination of the fire extinguisher and identify anything that needs to be repaired.

Recharge

Anytime a fire extinguisher is discharged, even for a second, it needs to be properly serviced, or it may not work when needed.

Service

We perform routine service to ensure your extinguishers adhere to local, state, and national codes, including six-year and twelve-year required services.

Hydrostatic Testing

Over time, visual inspections aren’t enough. To validate the structural integrity and safety of your extinguisher, we perform hydrostatic testing.

 

Multiple Types of Fire Training Classes Available!

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https://www.protegis.com/services/training-services/

 

We hope you never have to use your fire extinguishers but to be safe, let us make sure they will work for you. Services vary by location,  so contact us today to discuss your needs.

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Should I Refill or Replace My Fire Extinguisher?

 

If you’ve recently had to use your fire extinguishers to put out a fire, then you have one of two options. The first is to get your fire extinguisher completely refilled or recharged. The second option is to replace your entire unit. How do you know which one you should choose? What things should you consider? That’s what we’re here to discuss today.

Here is some quick, helpful advice when it comes to determining whether you should replace your fire safety equipment or have it refilled. Let’s jump right in!

When to refill your tank

Fire extinguishers are built to last – and in some cases can be useful for up to 12 years or more. This means that so long as you keep up with your regular, routine inspections and take care of your equipment, your shell should be in good shape, and you’ll be able to recharge your extinguisher as many times as you need to.

However, a caveat to this is with regards to smaller fire extinguishers. They’re usually only made for a few uses if that. So if you recently used one to put out a fire, we recommend you get it replaced. For normal to larger extinguishers, you should be fine getting them refilled.

When it’s time to get them replaced

Any time you use an extinguisher, you should have it inspected. But when is it time to get a new unit? We recommend purchasing a replacement IF:

  • The hose or nozzle is damaged
  • Pins are broken or missing
  • Wobbly handles
  • No inspection tag or a missing inspection tag
  • Cracks or damage to the extinguisher’s shell.

These are all repairs that can’t be made or, if they were made – would cost you a pretty penny. A good rule of thumb is that if the extinguisher experiences any significant damage on the exterior, then it’s time to get it replaced.

If you have a question about this or any other fire protection topic, don’t hesitate to contact Protegis Fire & Safety.