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Here Is Why You Should Prioritize Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

Chesapeake-sprinkler-fire-extinguisher-recharge-replacementFire extinguishers are crucial fire safety tools used to contain flames in a commercial building before they spread. It’s vital to have your building’s fire extinguisher inspected at least once a year to ensure that it works correctly and is ready for use in a fire emergency. In this regard, continue reading to learn more about the following three reasons why routine maintenance of your fire extinguishers is essential.

Detect Damage

It’s crucial to inspect your building’s fire extinguisher periodically to ensure its effectiveness during a fire emergency. Despite being sturdy and reliable, fire extinguishers can lose their durability over time and accumulate damage that may be difficult to detect. This may result in them being ineffective when needed the most. For instance, fire extinguishers’ interior can corrode, gradually weakening the cylinder’s integrity. Here are some visible signs that indicate damage to your fire extinguisher:

  • Dents
  • Corrosion/rust
  • Damaged hoses
  • Broken/loose handles
  • Faded instruction manual

Detect Leaks

Detecting leaks in fire extinguishers can be daunting as they are not always visible. However, it is crucial to inspect them thoroughly to ensure they are in good working condition in a fire emergency. The primary cause of fire extinguishers leaks is pressure changes in the tank. Therefore, regularly checking the pressure gauge is advisable to detect any pressure changes. If the pressure is too high or low, contacting a professional to service the extinguisher is vital to avoid any mishaps during an emergency.

Detect a Hose Blockage

Regular inspection of the fire extinguishers in a building is crucial for maintaining their functionality in case of a fire emergency. A critical aspect of this inspection is to check for blockages in the extinguisher’s hose. With time, debris can accumulate inside the hose, severely compromising its ability to discharge fluid properly. Additionally, the O-rings of the extinguisher can also deteriorate, further impairing its functionality. In a fire emergency, a malfunctioning fire extinguisher can endanger the building and its occupants. Therefore, it is essential to periodically inspect the extinguisher’s hose and clear any debris to prevent this issue.

Contact Chesapeake Sprinkler Company Today!

Chesapeake Sprinkler Company is a leading fire sprinkler contractor in the region, which is now a 100% employee-owned (ESOP) company. As a full-service fire protection company, we offer design, fabrication, installation, testing, maintenance, and inspection of fire protection systems—everything you need from your fire suppression specialist.

For more information, please email or call our Odenton location at 410-674-7041, our Ashburn location at 703-729-5150, or for service/maintenance Chesapeake Protection Services at 410-674-7577. For emergencies, call 800-298-3473 (FIRE). Feel free to keep in touch through FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn!

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