September Home Maintenance To-Do List

Man services a fire extinguisher that's hanging on the wall
Monthly check-ups are necessary for maintaining a fire extinguisher.

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  • Check the expiration date on the unit, and replace the fire extinguisher if it’s out of date.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.


  1. Once again Danny provides solid advice on how to prepare your home for the new season. Cosmetic changes are always nice, but solid advice for safety and security in your home are top notch! Sharon, HomeMD Inspection Services

  2. Had a metal roof installed next to the back of my house over a wooden deck. It’s great sitting out with my coffee & enjoying mother nature. However it leaks under roof & the facial boards.. Help.

  3. I just saw your show on Morning Blend and I didn’t catch all that you said about the door sweeps. Where could I see that again? Thank you.
    Mary Lu

  4. I would like to know more about lubricating your garage doors with engine oil. I have used white lithium grease, but they still seem loud.

  5. We enjoy your show so much, even though it airs very early on our local cbs channel! We love the monthly updates and the info you provide both on the show and on the website. Printed out the fall list, even though we have lived in this house many years, it’s always good to have a reminder list of things that should be attended to. Might I mention one other: have your pest control company do a thorough check inside your home for evidence of insects/rodents. Even with the best pest control, things do happen, and can be overlooked if in an unused space.

  6. I saw a episode as I was preparing for the day early one morning. I saw your checklist which reminded me of the one I had from several years back. I liked your list and wanted to get a copy of it; not only to compare with mine but to put to use what I may have missed.


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