Fire Extinguisher Maintenance & what their service tags can tell you

PIC 1 – An extinguisher service tag

PIC 2 – An extinguisher and its tag

The above fire extinguisher tag is marked. You might not be able to see clearly in this picture but it is stamped with a number.

These numbers stamped in the tag could be a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, which all relate to a particular service level completed. They are: –

1       A six-monthly inspection

2       An annual inspection

3       A 5-yearly service (level 4) brought forward because of extreme/harsh conditions or environment due to asset location

4    A 5-yearly ‘Pressure Test’. 5 years from date of manufacturer which is stamped into the body of the extinguisher itself

5    A re-charge of the extinguisher. This may be required after the extinguisher has been used, or if the extinguisher has lost pressure over time to below the allowable threshold, since its last inspection.

At a quick glance at your fire extinguisher tags, you should expect to see the same two months of each year stamped so you can be assured that your frequency and tolerances are being met by your fire provider. Fire Extinguishers are to be inspected as per AS1851-2012 on a 6 monthly and annual basis. If you are uncertain about your extinguisher services or would like some advice, please contact Premier Fire and we will guide you in the right direction.