Fire Extinguisher Maintenance and Care

Proper fire extinguisher maintenance helps you face the unexpected, ensuring you’re ready to protect your property from fire damage. While fire extinguishers can have a long lifespan, it’s important to check on them periodically to avoid expiration and issues. Adding fire extinguisher maintenance and care to your seasonal home maintenance checklist keeps you prepared during an emergency; learn what to look for and stay prepared during an emergency. 


Fire Extinguisher Types

There are four different fire extinguisher classes, each designed to tackle specific fire starters.

  • Class A fire extinguisher – This class puts out fires started by regular combustible materials such as wood, cloth, and paper.
  • Class B fire extinguisher – Class B is best for fires that spring from combustible gases or liquids such as propane, ethanol, or gasoline.
  • Class C fire extinguisher – Class C fights against electrical fires.
  • Class K fire extinguisher – Most commonly used in kitchens and restaurants, Class K emits a fine chemical mist to stop grease fires.

What kind of fire extinguisher is best for your home? We recommend equipping your home with an all-purpose fire extinguisher, known as an ABC extinguisher. These multi-rated fire extinguishers are designed to handle several types of combustible materials and will enable you to act fast without second guessing what caused the fire. 

Fire extinguishers should be placed throughout the home, ideally with one on each floor and especially in both the kitchen and garage, which is where many home fires begin. Fire extinguishers should be easily accessible and not blocked or buried by other household items. 


How Often to Perform Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

While most fire extinguishers can last anywhere from five to fifteen years, they can expire at any time in between due to a variety of causes. Proper fire extinguisher maintenance includes checking your canister at least once a year, looking for the following visual clues: 

  • Pressure level – Look at the pressure gauge to see whether the needle is in the green zone. This indicates that your canister’s pressure is right where it should be.
  • Wear and tear – Dents, leaks, and rust found on your fire extinguisher could indicate it’s not up to its highest performance and should be replaced.
  • Intact parts – In order for your fire extinguisher to work properly, all components must be in place, including the pin, nozzle, and all external parts.

One thing that is not a part of fire extinguisher care is actually testing the canister. Pressure testing fire extinguishers is a more involved process that should only be conducted by certified inspection professionals. If you’re unsure whether your fire extinguisher passes the test, schedule an appointment with The BrickKicker for expert service. 

Keep Your Home Safe with The BrickKicker 

Adding fire extinguisher maintenance and care to your home maintenance checklist is a smart way to be prepared during an emergency. We prioritize safety above all else and are here to keep your home or commercial property performing as it should. Contact us for all your inspection needs!

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,

President


Andrew Fox