A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. However, portable extinguishers have limitations. Fire grows and spreads rapidly, so the #1 priority for occupants is to evacuate safely. Here are some tips to help you keep your fire extinguishers in check and ready for use:
Remember to Check Your Fire Extinguisher for:
- Easy access in an emergency- be sure nothing is blocking or limiting your ability to reach it.
- The recommended pressure level- many extinguishers have gauges that show when pressure is too high or too low.
- Working parts- make sure the can, hoses and nozzles aren’t damaged, dented, or rusted.
- Cleanliness- remove any dust, oil, or grease that might be on the outside of the extinguisher.
- Guidelines and instructions- some extinguishers need to be shaken monthly, others need to be pressure tested every few years.