What Every Business Owner Should Know About Fire Extinguishers

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Fire extinguishers play a critical role in protecting your business from fire damage. Are your extinguishers in good condition? A fire extinguisher that is expired or otherwise damaged will not function as intended, which will ultimately put you at an elevated risk. Here's what you need to know.

They Don't Last Forever

Keep in mind that these devices aren't intended to last forever. With proper care, an extinguisher should last a span of 5 to 15 years. While this is quite a stretch, you can check your extinguisher by looking at the pressure gauge.

Typically, there will be a color-coded guide on the side that shows you where the pressure gauge should fall. If it is not in this area, this means that the extinguisher is no longer functional and should be replaced immediately, even if the period is less than 5 years.

Disposal vs. Rechargeable

Now that you understand that fire extinguishers do have a lifespan, know that there are different types of extinguishers. Which type of device you have will also be a factor when it comes into replacing the unit. The two types of extinguishers available are disposable and rechargeable.

If you have a disposable unit, follow the previous instructions of replacing your unit once it reaches the end of its lifespan. However, if you have a rechargeable unit, which means it can be recharged, this is not the case. Rechargeable units don't have a lifespan, provided they are not damaged, and generally only need to be recharged per the manufacturer's instructions.

Other Reasons to Replace

It's equally important to understand that a fire extinguisher may need to be replaced for a reason other than an expired extinguisher. First, if the device is ever to drop to the point where there is damage to the nozzle, such as a crack, it's typically a good idea to replace it.

A crack may cause a slow pressure release and might prevent the extinguisher from functioning properly. Another reason to replace the extinguisher is if its tag is missing. A tag provides details as to the specific type of extinguisher it is as well as its first date of operation. With this information, you won't be able to determine exactly when the unit will expire.

 Don't put the safety of your business, customers and clients at risk by not properly caring for your fire extinguishers. A fire protection professional can assist you with accomplishing this goal. Visit a site like http://thesafetyteaminc.com for more help.

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