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When to Replace your Fire Extinguisher

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Typically speaking, a fire extinguisher will last between 5-15 years. However, the main problem is not knowing how long the one you buy for your building has been around, so how do you know how much time you have left? You can call a fire protection service to come and replace it when you feel you need to, but when is the right time to do so? Fire extinguishers are expensive pieces of hardware, so you likely want to make sure that you have no other option but to replace it. Luckily, you aren’t completely in the dark when it comes to telltale signs, as your fire extinguisher will do a good job of telling you when you should probably get around to replacing it. If you are considering fire extinguisher services in Toronto ON area, here are the main signals that it’s time to give those services a call for a replacement.

#1. Hose or nozzle damage
The most vital part of the extinguisher besides the container is the hose/nozzle. This is the point where the extinguishing foam shoots out from, so if the hose or nozzle has become in any way cracked, blocked with debris, or ripped, then it cannot perform its functions properly.

#2. Unsealed or missing lock pin
Think of the locking pin on the handle of your extinguisher like the safety on a gun; it’s there to make sure the device doesn’t go off accidentally, wasting the contents inside and potentially causing harm to someone. If the locking pin is unsealed or even missing, then it’s time for a new fire extinguisher.

#3. Missing inspection sticker/hang tag
This one you’ll notice as soon as you buy the extinguisher. If the extinguisher you receive has a missing hang tag or inspection sticker, then you have no way of knowing or proving that your extinguisher has passed any previous inspections it may have undergone. Request a new one immediately if this happens.

And you can get a new fire extinguisher at Harding Fire Protection Services.