For your home or business to remain safe, it is important to maintain proper care of all fire extinguishers.
In order to ensure that they are available and operate properly when needed, both federal certification requirements and state licensure requirements mandate that all businesses properly inspect, test and maintain their portable fire extinguishers.
It is important to maintain your extinguisher and keep it in proper working order. Every extinguisher requires the basic monthly inspection, which you can perform yourself by checking the following three things:
Visible and accessible
Safety seals are not broken or missing
There is no evidence of physical damage, corrosion, leakage or clogged nozzle
Pressure gauge readings are in the proper range or position
Operating instructions are legible and facing outward
Confirm fullness by weighing or lifting
When an extinguisher is recharged there should be a tag attached given the date of the recharge, the name of the person or name of the company that has performed the recharge. There should also be a “Verification of service” collar around the neck of the extinguisher and must include the month and year the service was performed.