Fire extinguisher refill is part of a regular maintenance procedure. Property codes are the ones establishing these intervals. Fire extinguishers need to be refilled every year. But they also need to be refilled after they are used, even if there is remaining extinguishing agent in them. Extinguishers are refilled with a mix of pressurized air and the chosen extinguishing agent. The fastest way of refilling fire extinguishers is by scheduling the process with a licensed professional. Records are kept with all refill dates.
Business owners need to refill their fire extinguishers. Home owners also need to refill their fire extinguishers if they use refillable products. However, other less obvious instances also need attention. Accidental extinguisher discharge should also be followed by a complete refill. For this purpose, it is essential to choose a solution which works in terms of urgency. Scheduling a refill as soon as possible is recommended. The period in which a fire extinguisher cannot be used or in which it can be used with a reduced capacity is a period of vulnerability. The best way to minimize this vulnerability is to actually schedule a refill as soon as possible. After using the extinguisher to deal with a fire, a scheduled refill is also recommended. For this purpose, a professional needs to refill and check the extinguisher is in good working order. Even when using the extinguisher for a short period of time the refill is necessary. In case of another emergency, the extinguisher may not be up to standard and this is why the refill is required.
Another instance which requires a refill comes with the low pressure of an extinguisher. Some extinguishers come with a pressure gauge. The red area of the gauge indicates low pressure while the green area of the gauge indicates proper pressure levels. When the gauge indicates anything below the green line, a refill is recommended. An extinguisher which is fully charged always indicates the green are of the gauge for pressure. But why would the extinguisher lose pressure if not used to tackle a fire? There are multiple causes to this issue. The pressure gauge might be defective. A leak can also lead to loss of pressure. Whichever the cause, the fire extinguisher needs to be refilled and its elements checked for the root of the problem. Of course, a fire extinguisher can also be discharged during testing or a maintenance check. Some types of extinguishers can come with specific needs. They can even be required to be emptied of their extinguishing agent every few years. On the other hand, each accidental discharge needs to be followed by a refill.
Licensed individuals and companies are mandated for the fire extinguisher refill. In this case, it is highly recommended to find the right path of action, especially when it comes to future maintenance work. It is why working with the same fire extinguisher expert is recommended in the long term.
A scheduled refill for all fire extinguishers can be booked on a routine check. In case of an accidental extinguisher discharge, a fire extinguisher expert can also be called to take action and refill the product. A fire extinguisher general inspection should minimize the need to book these refills in case of accidents. Of course, this also means that accidental discharge is still possible, even when the extinguisher is stored properly.
Fire extinguisher refill is not just a recommendation. It is a code requirement both by local and federal laws. The liability in case of a malfunction lies on the building’s owner and it is why all extinguishers need to be refilled at fixed intervals and in pre-determined scenarios as seen above.