Fire extinguishers are a powerful tool. They can save lives and protect property. However, to do this, there are a few things you need to know. So, if you have fire extinguishers Scottish Borders or anywhere else. Here’s what you need to know.

Five Things Everyone Should Know About Fire Extinguishers

  1. They Need Recharging

After a fire extinguisher has been discharged, it must be topped up. Even if only a small amount was used, by accident, you should top it up.

  • They Have A Limited Lifespan

You can’t just get a fire extinguisher and forget about it. They don’t last forever. Twelve years is usually the maximum safe lifetime. 

  • They Aren’t One Size Fits All

When you use a fire extinguisher, it needs to match the type of fire. The most common types of extinguishers are water, CO2 and foam. Using the wrong one can just spread the fire instead of putting it out. The choice of extinguisher you fit will depend on what you have in your building.

  • They Require Regular Maintenance

Every extinguisher should be visually inspected every month. This means looking for any signs of damage and checking the pressure gauge. A professional should service you extinguishers every year. This makes sure that they will work when you need them most.

  • PASS

If you need to use a fire extinguisher remember PASS

P – pull the pin

A – aim at the base of the fire

S – Squeeze the trigger slowly

S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side

Maintenance for Fire Extinguishers Scottish Borders

The Fire Safety Advice Centre states that extinguishers should be serviced once a year. So if you have fire extinguishers Scottish Borders, then you are responsible for keeping them maintained. 1st Choice Fire can carry out this service across Scotland as well as carrying out a fire safety check to make sure you have all the appropriate safety equipment in place. Talk to them today.