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The following information is an overview only of the types of checks that are carried out when fire extinguishers are serviced and tested. It is no way intended to be a comprehensive list, or to be used as a guide in the testing of fire extinguishers or fire extinguisher equipment.
The information below highlights some of the reasons leading to a fire extinguisher being condemned and replaced. It also shows the importance of having condemned fire extinguishers disposed of in a responsible fashion, by a registered waste carrier, such as Fire Protection Services. It also gives some of the reasons why having fire extinguishers recycled at the end of their life by a dependable service provider is very important.
The information below is in no way intended to be used as a guide for servicing your own fire extinguisher equipment. This should be carried out by experienced, skilled, fully qualified and reputable fire extinguisher servicing contractors. Attempting to service your own fire protection equipment if not fully competent and qualified to do so could result in injury, death or damage to property and possessions.
The following things are typically checked during a fire extinguisher service and test.
The cylinder or shell are checked for their hydrostatic test date, or the date of manufacture is checked. If required, a retest is carried out. If there are signs of corrosion, either a hydrostatic test is conducted and refinishing may be required, or the fire extinguisher is condemned. This is also the case with signs of mechanical damage (denting or abrasion). If the paint condition has imperfections then refinishing may be recommended. If there is any presence of repairs (such as welding, soldering or brazing); the extinguisher has damaged threads or the sealing surface has corrosion or signs of damage then the extinguisher is condemned.
Extinguishers with illegible wording on them can be cleaned or replaced. Corroded or loose plates leads to the shell under the plate being inspected and the plate reattached.
If the nozzle or horn is damaged or cracked it is replaced. Blocked openings in the nozzle or horn can be replaced. Damaged threads and aged or brittle nozzles are also replaced.
If the hose assembly on the fire extinguisher is damaged it will require replacement. Damaged couplings or swivel joints, damaged threads, cut inner tubes and incidences where the Carbon dioxide hoses are electrically nonconductive between couplings all lead to the need for replacement. If a hose is obstructed it will need to have the obstruction unblocked or be replaced.
If the pull or ring pin is damaged or missing it has to be replaced.
Work can also be required if the gauge or pressure-indicating device is defective. Immovable, jammed or missing pointers require depressurization and the replacement of the gauge. This is also required if there is an instance of missing, deformed or broken crystal or an illegal or faded dial. If corrosion is present in the gauge or pressure-indicating device, then the corrective action is to depressurize and check calibration; clean and refinish, or replace the gauge. If there is a presence of a dented case or crystal retainer then a service engineer will depressurize and check the calibration, or replace the gauge. Immovable or corroded pressure-indicating stem (of a nongauge type) should result in depressurizing the extinguisher with the shell being discarded. In order to ensure gauge compatibility replacement should be carried out once it has been depressurized.
If the shell or cylinder valve is corroded, damaged or has a jammed spring, fastener joint, stem, lever or handle then the fire extinguisher is depressurized, freedom of movement is checked, and repairs or replacements take place. Damaged outlet threads (which are worn, corroded or cross-threaded) lead to the fire extinguisher being depressurized and replaced as necessary.
Gas cylinders which are due a hydrostatic test are retested. If there are signs of corrosion then a hydrostatic test is carried out and refinishing may be required, or the extinguisher is disposed of.
Other parts and tests which can lead to the need for replacement include those which involve the puncture mechanism, nossle shutoff valve, fill cap, nonrechargeable shell or cylinder, carriage and wheels, carrying handle, tamper seals or indicators and hand pump. The pressurising valve, gasket, brackets and hangers, gas tube and siphon or pickup tube, safety relief device, pressure regulators are also tested and can require replacement if damaged or they bare not found to be of a suitable condition. A number of tests also apply to the agent and expelling means. These vary depending on the nature of teh fire extinguisher depending on whether they are AFFF or FFP, carbon dioxide, Halon 1301, Combination Halon 1211/1301, manually operated, gas cartridge or cylinder or stored-pressure extinguishers.
There are a large number of reasons that can lead to a fire extinguisher being condemned or need replacement or in some instances part replacement. At Fire Protection Recycling we ensure that the entire extinguisher, or all parts which have been disposed of as part of a replacement, are recycled completely. All condemned, corroded, damaged or tampered fire extinguishers are completely removed from the supply pool. There is therefore no risk of your fire extinguishers, those under your care, resurfacing in a capacity which could lead to injury, damage or a reliance on an unsafe dependence on defective equipment in the event of a fire. To read an account of a news article which highlight just how important the safe and guaranteed removal of faulty or damaged fire prevention equipment is click here.