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Recharging Your Fire Extinguisher

Posted on: May 31, 2022

Fire extinguishers are often your Central Florida business’s first line of defense in fighting a fire. Because fire extinguishers don’t usually require much maintenance or repair, it’s easy to forget that there’s one task you should faithfully see to, and that’s recharging them.

The NFPA and Florida’s Fire Code both require annual fire extinguisher inspections carried out by a licensed fire protection company. They also require each inspected fire extinguisher to be clearly tagged with a valid and up-to-date certified inspection tag.

To ensure the fire extinguishers at your Orlando metro area businesses or facility remain up to code, United Fire Protection provides recharge services for all makes and models. Along with our fire extinguisher repair and fire extinguisher installation services, our recharging services prevent device malfunction and guarantee the safety of building occupants by reducing the risk of fire-related injury or death.


Why Do I Need a Fire Extinguisher Recharge?

If you use an extinguisher to put out a fire, or if someone accidentally releases some of the pressure inside the cylinder, you must have it recharged. Provided there’s no damage to the extinguisher, you can refill or recharge the same canister.

Recharges ensure your Orlando property’s fire extinguishers are prepared to handle a fire emergency at any given time. Just as other equipment needs routine maintenance, fire extinguishers require upkeep to work as intended during a fire emergency. Skipping a regularly scheduled inspection increases the risk of equipment malfunction and severe fire-related damage.

What Happens During a Fire Extinguisher Recharge?

During yearly inspections, our professional technicians assess all equipment for damage and gauge pressure. If a unit registers slightly low, we refill it with a fire protection agent. Canisters with lower pressure are emptied, cleaned, and refilled. Once the recharge is complete, the gauge needle should register in the green color zone.

Some fire extinguishers should be inspected more frequently, including if:

  • Your Orlando building or facility has a frequent history of fires.
  • There’s a high likelihood of damaged extinguishers due to heavy equipment use.
  • Your facility is in a crime area where extinguishers might be stolen or vandalized.

The NFPA 10 provides a complete list of factors that call for more frequent checkups.

Fire Extinguisher Recharge for Businesses in Central Florida

Since 1994, United Fire Protection has been the area’s leading fire protection services provider, bringing quality products and services to various industries in Central Florida, including Orlando and the greater Orlando metro area. We’ll help you keep your people, property, and assets safe by maintaining your fire extinguishers as required. And if one or more of your fire extinguishers is damaged beyond repair or has reached the end of its life span, we’ll replace them when needed. Signs you might need to replace a fire extinguisher include:

  • A broken or missing handle pin
  • An unstable handle
  • A missing inspection tag
  • Visible corrosion or rust
  • Slow pressure loss
  • A unit more than 12 years old
  • Cracked, ripped, or clogged nozzle or hose

To learn more about all our fire protection services or to schedule fire extinguisher recharging, contact us online today or call us at 407-218-8348.

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