How often should fire extinguishers be serviced has been the question on many people’s minds. I was asked that question by one of my customers who lives in a mobile home and has had her unit for twelve years. She was concerned because she was not very sure how often the fire protection machine should be serviced. She also did not like to think of having to pay for another one installed.
When I asked her about it, she explained to me that it depends upon the model and the service level of the machine. For example, some models have a battery backup system. This means that the unit will not work unless the battery is replaced. Other models are designed to run without a battery for several days, while other ones have a battery checker. It depends upon the needs of the individual customer.
Another question that I get from people is “How often should the fire extinguishers be serviced? I am just buying them and I do not plan to use them for a long time. Why would I need to have an extended service?” The answer to this question is actually quite simple. If the customer does not know how often the extinguisher should be serviced, it will become increasingly difficult for the person servicing it to tell when it is time to replace the unit. As most people do not service their fire extinguishers regularly, they do not tend to know how often they should have it serviced.
Most fire extinguishers come with a service guide that outlines when each of the parts should be replaced. If the guide does not specify when each part should be replaced, it is best to check the parts and determine when each part needs to be replaced. This way, the customer will receive the correct amount of service and will not end up purchasing fire safety equipment that does not work properly.
Many times, it will cost less to have the parts replaced sooner rather than later. It is common for the price of the unit to decrease over time. In addition, having all the parts in one place makes it much easier to locate the parts. It also makes it far easier to replace the unit. This can save money, time and effort.
I always ask my customers if the fire extinguishers they own are in good condition. If they respond in the affirmative, I then ask them what type of maintenance they do on the unit. In many cases, I hear them admit that they do not know how often the units should be serviced or where they go for regular servicing. By listening carefully to their answer, I can learn when a part needs to be replaced.
A good rule of thumb is to have at least two fire extinguishers at the ready. At least one should be located in an accessible location inside the home and one placed in the garage. Keeping firefighting products near to the home keeps members of the family safer and less likely to become victims of fire.
When purchasing fire extinguishers, it is important to research the brand, model and year of production. This will ensure you purchase the right equipment for your needs. If you need to purchase firefighting equipment and are unfamiliar with the brand name, it is a good idea to ask others who use the equipment for recommendations. If you keep the equipment in good working order, you will be able to provide help when needed when a fire breaks out.