To-Do #5: Check Fire Extinguishers
Every home should be equipped with several ABC rated fire extinguishers that are within easy reach of your fireplace and kitchen stove. Inspect your fire extinguishers so they’re ready in case you need them, checking to make sure:
- They’re easily visible and not blocked by any objects or furniture.
- Check the expiration date on the unit, and replace the fire extinguisher if it’s out of date.
- Inspect the pull pin and make sure the tamper seal is intact.
- If your fire extinguisher has a hose, inspect it for cracks or holes.
- Make sure the nozzle isn’t clogged, and clean out any dirt, spiderwebs, or grease.
- Look for outward signs of rust, corrosion, dents, or damage; and replace damaged fire extinguishers. Corrosion on the outside of the tank is usually a sign of a leak and should be replaced immediately.
- Look at the pressure gauge on dry chemical fire extinguishers to make sure it’s in the green or operable zone, and give the canister a shake to loosen the chemical before placing it back in its spot.
- CO2 extinguishers shouldn’t be shaken and need to be weighed in order to check the pressure. The unit should be labeled according to its weight (which corresponds to the pressure), with the most common sizes being 5, 10, 15, and 20 pounds.