How often should fire extinguishers be inspected and maintained?

Fire extinguishers should be inspected and maintained as follows:


  • Monthly Inspections: Conduct visual checks, ensuring the fire extinguisher is undamaged, the pressure gauge is within the recommended range, and the tamper seal is intact.


  • Annual Inspections: In addition to monthly checks, perform a more thorough inspection, including confirming the pin, tamper seal, and instructions are in good condition, and the nozzle/hose is unobstructed.


  • Professional Maintenance: Have a certified fire protection specialist perform professional maintenance at least once a year, which may include refilling, internal inspection, and pressure testing.


  • Recharging and Refilling: Promptly recharge extinguishers after any use and replace partially or fully discharged units.


Adhering to these guidelines helps ensure your fire extinguishers remain in good working order, ready for use in case of a fire emergency.