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Fire Extinguishers & Equipment FAQs

How do I know if my fire extinguisher is still in working order?

To ensure that your extinguisher is in good working order you should look for the following:

  • Check that the pressure gauge needle is in the green area. If it is in the red zone the extinguisher may not have enough pressure to operate
  • Check that tamper seals are in place 
  • Check that the handle is not bent or dented
  • Check the weight to ensure that it still holds the full contents  
  • Check that the powder in a powder extinguisher is not solid by turning it upside down, a 'clonking' feel to the movement of the powder you will need to replace it
For more information, please see our extinguisher servicing and maintenance guide.

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