Reasons To Recharge Your Houston Fire Extinguishers

Likely, you have properly and strategically placed fire extinguishers throughout your entire property aligned with your fire safety plan. While it may bring you peace knowing they exist, you need to ensure they are ready to use at all times. Otherwise, they can turn out to be useless. Never allow your fire extinguishers to be poorly charged or else they might fail when you need them the most. Having it recharged routinely will ensure that it’s there when a fire threatens both your property and everyone in it.

How can you know when you need to have it recharged? The following scenarios should give you the information you need to know that you might require a recharge. If so, you’ll want to speak with a fire protection company to get them recharged expeditiously. Here’s why you need to recharge your fire extinguishers;

  1. You’ve discharged a fire extinguisher in a recent fire whether large or small. If you used the extinguisher at all, you’ll need to recharge it as soon as you can. Even if you didn’t discharge it a lot, you want to get it fully recharged. Unfortunately, when you are dealing with something as deadly as a fire that can spread viciously and quickly, having a less than full extinguisher can be the difference between life and death.
  2. An extinguisher was accidentally discharged. Just like the above scenario, if you had the extinguisher discharged even a millisecond, it’s worth getting it refilled. It could end up costing you in the long run. Whether it be that extra amount you needed or it causing your extinguisher to be faulty, it’s something you don’t want to happen. Having it recharged will give you the necessary protection against fire when it comes time to use it.
  3. You had your fire extinguishers tested recently. If this applies you to, you’ll want to get it recharged. A routine inspection involves having the technician discharge extinguishers because they need to be certain that everything is working properly. Therefore, they will be looking for faulty mechanisms or even pressure gauge readings. Once the test is done, the extinguisher should be fully recharged before putting it back.
  4. You had an inspection done and it uncovered that the extinguisher had been partially discharged. At least once a month you want to go around to all of the extinguishers that are on your property and inspect them visually. You want to look at everything from the gauge to the unit itself. If you notice that there is low pressure on any of the extinguishers, you want to check for leaks and get them repaired and recharged.

How To Recharge One?

The process of recharging an extinguisher involves refilling it with the firefighting agent that is used for it. In some cases, it will involve completely discharging the existing unit and refilling it completely. Because of this, you’ll want to hire a professional fire protection company to handle it. They will have all of the requisite supplies, equipment, and expertise to ensure your extinguishers are recharged properly.

To begin, the chemical will be pumped directly into the canister. From there, any of the remaining air will be pressurized to ensure the extinguisher works when a fire occurs. The technician that recharges the units will ensure the pressure gauge is reading correctly once it’s completely recharged.

Fire safety is something you need to take very seriously and it’s not something to gamble with. Because of this, you should look to get your extinguishers recharged as soon as possible. Contact us or call us now, and we can help you install or inspect fire extinguishers or provide other types of fire safety assistance.

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