How often does a fire extinguisher need to be checked?

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How often does a fire extinguisher need to be checked?
Check your fire extinguisher often and keep it in good condition. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The common fire extinguisher can provide safety and peace of mind for homeowners and office workers. This equipment should be checked often to ensure it could be relied upon if there is an emergency.

Visual Inspection

Perform a visual inspection of the fire extinguisher when you place it into service and at least once a month thereafter. Check that it is fully charged and does not have missing valves or broken hoses. Clear the area around the fire extinguisher of obstructions.


Have a professional thoroughly inspect your fire extinguisher at least once annually. This process should include recharging the unit if necessary. Make any needed repairs and have the inspector update the tag on the equipment with the date the inspection was performed and what deficiencies were corrected.

Hydrostatic Testing

Hydrostatic testing, which involves a check of the fire extinguisher's pressure, should be done every two to three years by a professional fire equipment inspector. Check the owner's manual for the exact time recommended by the manufacturer. Replace any units that fail to perform according to the maker's specifications.

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