The fire extinguisher container has limited period of exploitation notwithstanding the fact of non-usage. The fire extinguisher content is prone to lose inside pressure, inner sides of it are able to experience corrosion or rust in case of containing liquid, and if having constant high pressure, container seams may lose their hermetization.
The container’s seals may be damaged by incorrect storage conditions or under stand-by mode storage, valves has a feature to jam and after that the fire extinguisher becomes a fire safety knocked apparatus as a part of fittings and fixed asset of a certain building.
The Code of Practice being a part of UK Standard 5306 part 3, stipulates maintenance and care activity for fire extinguishers, and prescribes to integrate fire extinguisher’ containers into premises according to Fire Risk Assessment procedure which is in effect as well as Regulatory Reform Order 2005 legal requirements (or Fire Safery).
Fire extinguishers in annual basis (or more frequently, if the extinguisher is used in an environment with high fire risk or corrosion) shall be held by competent person, who is obliged to inspect or check every single extinguisher and provide data for what amount of them needs to be replaced, execute repressuring and if there are those achieved the limit of their operational life.
If taking this question from the cost effective and time-economizing point of view, the latest variant is far more appropriate as the process of fire extinguishers renovation is pretty long way requiring great variety of procedures: first goes inspection, then removal of the container from its location in the premise, different pressure tests, removal of inactive parts, then repressuring and refilling and then the extinguisher is returned in initial location.
Nowadays companies dealing with the fire extinguishers maintenance service, are prone to exchange the capsule for new tested one, but in this case you have great chance to get a bit different modification, and sometimes, lower class unit. And this service exchange usually costs almost half a price for a new one.
So as we mentioned above at the beginning of this section, it is much more appropriate just to purchase new one or order through the Internet, moreover, there you can face different discounts and very attractive offers to follow. Your old extinguisher will be simply recycled afterwards.
Under inspection, we mean simple visual investigation and check, and we believe this easy procedure will not take much of your time, as it should be done once a month, but it can save lives and money, and it should be the responsibility of every company employee.
One important thing you should remember – extinguishers are under pressure and one should be very cautious while removing it to escape fatal outcome. Safe extinguishers can be used during training sessions, but in most premises only water and CO2 ones are safe. Plain water extinguishers can be emptied into drains, but powder ones should be landfilled.
Several companies dealing with extinguisher maintenance, work with refilling and renovating companies as the majority of extinguisher details can be recycled. All extinguisher bodies are inspected, and if there is sound, it is used again, if not – it is hacked in two, or scrapped to escape further usage.