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Should You Recharge or Replace Your Fire Extinguisher?

Posted on: September 30, 2011

You already know how important it is to make sure your fire extinguishers are fully charged at all times. Fires in most buildings are pretty rare but always possible, and if your fire extinguishers aren’t fully charged, you’re putting yourself and your employees at grave risk.


Now, say you’ve recently used your fire extinguisher to put out a fire. You’ve basically got two choices when it comes to keeping up your fire extinguisher’s charge after you use it: you can either have the fire extinguisher recharged or you can have the whole fire extinguisher replaced. So the real question is, which is better?

The fire extinguishers you get from Confires are designed to last a long time – up to 12 years or more, especially when you have us come out and inspect them once a year. What this means is that as long as the fire extinguisher shell stays in good shape (i.e. not cracked or dented), you will be able to recharge your fire extinguisher as many times as you need to.

That said, fire extinguisher replacement isn’t a bad idea either – especially for smaller fire extinguishers. If you’re not sure whether you should have fire extinguisher repair or fire extinguisher replacement, just call Confires! We can inspect the used fire extinguishers and recommend fire extinguisher repair or fire extinguisher replacement.

Remember that you should call us any time you use any amount of extinguishant – even just a tiny bit.  Releasing just a little bit of extinguishant could result in your fire extinguisher being unable to protect you the next time around.

Note: the above only applies to fire extinguishers that have been used. If you haven’t touched your fire extinguisher in a while and it’s slowly losing its charge, call Confires to inspect it – you may have a leak or a small crack in the shell which would automatically require full on fire extinguisher replacement.

When else should you have your fire extinguishers replaced?

Obviously you want to have your fire extinguisher recharged or replaced every time you use it. But when else should you replace your fire extinguishers?

A fire extinguisher should be replaced any time its charge has been compromised. This means fire extinguisher replacement if:

  • The hose or nozzle is cracked, ripped or clogged
  • The pin on the handle is broken or missing
  • The handle is wobbly
  • The inspection tag is missing
  • The shell is cracked or damaged

If you have fire extinguishers in your building that have been used recently and have lost some of their charge, call Confires! We can come check out your fire extinguisher and help you decide whether you need fire extinguisher recharge or fire extinguisher replacement. And if your fire extinguisher is damaged or malfunctioning in any way, we can replace it straight away!

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