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Fire Extinguisher FAQs

Below is guide to some common Fire Extinguisher FAQs. When it comes to fire safety, having reliable information is crucial. Whether you're wondering about inspection requirements, proper maintenance, or the different types of fire extinguishers, we've got you covered.

How often does my fire extinguisher need to be inspected?

This is one of the most common Fire Extinguisher FAQs we receive. The State Fire Marshal and Department of Insurance requires fire extinguishers to be inspected annually.

What do you look for during a fire extinguisher inspection?

During an annual fire extinguisher inspection, we first observe the pressure gauge to see if the fire extinguisher is in green. Next, we search for any rust, dents, or damage that would prohibit the fire extinguisher from working properly. Last, we see when the fire extinguisher was manufactured or when the last maintenance was done. The classic red fire extinguisher has a required maintenance every 6-years. This maintenance will ensure the internal parts of the fire extinguisher are in good condition and will work in the event of a fire.

How many fire extinguishers do I need for my business?

The general rule of thumb is one fire extinguisher for every 3,000 square feet and every 75 ft. of travel distance. Travel distance represents the distance it would take to walk to the fire extinguisher with no obstruction in the way such as: walls, counter tops, desks, etc. Ceilings 10 ft. or higher will require a 10# ABC fire extinguisher. Other hazards such as paper storage, flammable liquids, kitchen appliances, and so on will also require additional coverage. Good news is that Service Fire Equipment offers FREE fire extinguisher assessments! We will assess your property and will inform you on what fire equipment your business needs!

What are the different types of fire extinguishers and their uses?

There are several types of fire extinguishers, each designed for different kinds of fires. The most common types are:

  • Class A: For ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, and cloth.
  • Class B: For flammable liquids such as grease, gasoline, and oil.
  • Class C: For electrical fires.
  • Class D: For flammable metals.
  • Class K: For kitchen fires involving cooking oils and fats.

How do I properly use a fire extinguisher?

Remember the acronym PASS:

  • P: Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.
  • A: Aim low, pointing the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.
  • S: Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • S: Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the area in case the fire reignites.

Can fire extinguishers expire?

Yes, fire extinguishers can expire. Most have a lifespan of 5 to 15 years, but it's essential to check the manufacturer's instructions. Regular maintenance and inspections can help ensure they are in working order.

What should I do if my fire extinguisher fails inspection?

If a fire extinguisher fails inspection, it must be repaired or replaced. Contact a professional fire safety equipment service to assess and address the issue.

Is training necessary for using a fire extinguisher?

Yes, proper training is recommended for using a fire extinguisher effectively. Many fire safety companies offer training sessions to ensure users are familiar with the correct usage and safety protocols.

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Fire Extinguisher FAQs