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Fire Extinguisher Refill & Recharge

Many people mistakenly believe that a fire extinguisher has an unlimited life span. After all, most remain filled, have never been used, and are still collecting dust in the corner. However, here at Fire Protection Team, we want all commercial property owners to understand that the chemicals and components within fire extinguishers degrade over time. At a certain point, they fail to provide reliable protection in the event a fire breaks out. Regular testing, refilling, and recharging are essential for ensuring the safety of your home, business, or vehicle.

To ensure that your portable fire extinguishers are up to code, contact Fire Protection Team online today!

Recharging in Compliance With NFPA 10 & NFPA 11

NFPA 10 and NFPA 11 establish standards that apply to the recharging of each type of fire extinguisher. Our technicians recharge your low, medium, and high expansion foam fire extinguishers, as well as dry chemical, halon, and other types in accordance with these standards. Each system is different—some require recharging once per year, while others can go five years or longer before recharging is required.

Regular recharging also allows for internal examination of the structural integrity of the device. This is crucial because hoses and other components can degrade over time. During the recharging process, our technicians examine the internal components and the exterior shell. This allows us to replace or repair any damage that might lead to depressurization and failure during a fire emergency.

Recharging Your Fire Extinguishers

The recharging process involves depressurizing the cylinder. Once depressurized, we remove the discharge valve, siphon tube, valve stem, and other components. We then clean the entire system and recharge the device with water, carbon dioxide, dry chemicals, etc. as required. We then re-pressurize the tank and conduct a leak test to ensure the system is sealed tight before adding a tamper seal and updating the service tag.

Do your portable fire extinguishers need to be recharged? Contact us today to schedule prompt service!

Refilling Your Fire Extinguisher

All fire extinguishers should be immediately refilled following each use. Even if the extinguisher was used for a brief period, fire codes require the extinguisher to be topped off and made ready for subsequent usage.

Why? Once the fire extinguisher is used, it is prone to leakage, reducing pressure and slowly draining the tank of fire retardant. The refilling process is very similar to the recharging process and the steps are nearly identical.

Knowing When to Recharge/Refill Your Fire Extinguisher

Every fire extinguisher should have a fill and service date clearly marked. Our team recommends inspections at least once per month to ensure that the device is properly charged. In areas such as kitchens, manufacturing facilities, etc. where the risk of fire is greater than usual, these inspections may need to be conducted once per week.

When you inspect your fire extinguisher, look for signs of visible damage as well as the reading on the gauge. If you notice the gauge is showing a steady decline from inspection to inspection, you will want to have the fire extinguisher serviced promptly because this could indicate a leak.

It is our duty to make sure your home and business are protected against the dangers of an uncontrolled fire. We encourage you to contact Fire Protection Team to learn more about refilling and recharging your fire extinguishers and other fire suppression devices.  

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