A portable fire extinguisher is a choice for some while required by law in states like New York. Owning a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property, but proper care and training are necessary, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
Routine maintenance is necessary for all appliances, including portable fire extinguishers. Whether used or accidentally discharged, the fire extinguisher might need a recharge upon inspection, according to NFPA 10, National Fire Protection Association’s Standard for Portable fire extinguishers.
If you wonder how much it’ll take to refill your fire extinguisher.
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How much does it cost to refill a fire extinguisher?
Not all fire extinguishers are eligible for a refill or a recharge; only fire extinguishers of the rechargeable type can be refilled. The price might vary depending on the make and model of your fire extinguisher and where you live. If yours is suitable for a recharge, it might cost around $20 to $50 to get it filled by a professional company.The price might vary d
What are the types or classes of fire extinguishers?
Having fire extinguishers in your household can be a good idea but knowing which portable fire extinguishers fit your needs best is important. According to NFPA, there are five types of fire extinguishers:
Class A used for fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber, and many plastics.
Class B is used for fires in flammable, combustible petroleum greases, tars, oils, oil-based paints, solvents, lacquers, alcohols, and flammable gases.
Class C is used for fires that involve energized electrical equipment.
Class D is used for fires in combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium, lithium, and potassium.
Class K is used for fires in cooking appliances that involve combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal oils and fats).
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Do fire extinguishers have an expiration date?
According to Impact Fire Services, there’s no exact expiration date for fire extinguishers. However, there are signs you can look for:
1. Rust and corrosion on the fire extinguisher. Any physical damage to the device should also lead to the extinguisher’s disposal.
2. A failed Hydrostatic test.
Where can you refill your fire extinguisher?
The best way to find out who can refill your fire extinguisher is to call your local fire department and ask. Private fire extinguishing companies also provide a recharge or a refill service. You could also contact the company of your own fire extinguisher and ask them if they provide a refill service since some do.