Many businesses keep at least one fire extinguisher on hand, but it can often be equipment that is out of sight and out of mind. However, it’s important to be aware of the condition and lifetime of fire extinguishers for any building to ensure they will be viable if a fire were ever to occur. That might bring up the question whether it’s time to purchase new fire extinguishers for your building.
Here are a few reasons you should look to purchase new fire extinguishers:
- Expiration Date Is Near or Past – While fire extinguishers are built to last for many years, they do have an expiration date. If the one sitting under the kitchen sink is long past its expiration date, purchasing a new fire extinguisher is in your best interest.
- Servicing is Out of Date – Fire extinguishers need to be inspected and recharged routinely. If you notice that the last time your fire extinguishers were serviced was long ago (or not at all), it might be time to purchase new fire extinguishers. This will ensure you have equipment that will work well in the event of a fire.
- Too Few Extinguishers – If you have a large building and only one fire extinguisher to be found, purchasing new fire extinguishers is good practice. You should talk with a safety inspector about the best places to keep fire extinguishers, how many you need, and how to maintain them properly for your building.
- After A Fire – While everyone hopes to never have a fire break out, if fire extinguishers have been in use during such an event, investing in new fire extinguishers will be a must-do task. This will ensure you have the proper fire-safety systems in place should the need ever arise again in the future.
At Life Safety Inspections, we can help you find the ideal fire suppression systems for your business and provide the inspections you need to maintain your building. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.