How Old is My Fire Extinguisher?
Fire extinguishers do not last forever.
Manufacturers prescribe most extinguishers with a lifespan of 5-15 years. What you may not know is how long ago you received yours. Any fire extinguisher with one or more of the following should be headed towards retirement:
- Hose or nozzle is broken, cracked, and or blocked with debris.
- Locking pin is missing or unsealed
- Handle is wobbly or broken
- Inspection sticker or hang tag (the record of checkups and maintenance) is missing
There are different types of fire extinguishers. Those with compressed gas can leak contents slowly as their seals weaken, while those with ammonium phosphate will solidify over the years, rendering the entire device unusable. You’re being proactive and putting your safety first and by asking this question because the answers can mean the difference between successfully responding to an emergency and being caught empty-handed.