All building and homeowners should know how to recharge fire extinguishers immediately after their use, and as part of a regular maintenance duty, in order to keep their dwelling safe with extinguishers that function properly.
Fire extinguishers are categorized alphabetically based on their agent or combination of agents. Class “A” is often filled with water, while others use various powdered chemicals. Each particular agent dictates the method of recharge, so know the types of fire extinguishers you have on hand by checking their labels.
A fire extinguisher has been used (no matter how small the amount) it is important to have it recharged right away in order to keep it operational at all times and avoid potential tragedy.
It is also necessary to recharge fire extinguishers during routine inspections, which may involve expelling the agent to check the proper discharging mechanisms and pressure gauge readings. Any necessary repairs should be handled immediately, and the extinguisher recharged, ready for use.
You will need to recharge the fire extinguishers during your annual (or more frequent) maintenance schedule. Follow the recommendations and directions on the manufacturer’s label. Don’t skip this step. It is important to the operation of the unit, as well as to the effectiveness of the agent inside.
Extinguishers need to be completely discharged, cleaned, inspected and recharged after every use and on a regular basis. Learning how to recharge fire extinguishers is an important lesson to learn. Stay safe with effective, well maintained fire extinguishers.
Every green Fire Extinguisher that comes to us for a refill undergoes the following standard process…
1. The Fire Extinguisher is manually discharged
/ fired and emptied.
2. The extinguisher is then dismantled completely; cylinder is de-stressed.
3. The cylinder then is made to undergo a Hydro Static Pressure Test at 30kgf cm sq
for 2 minutes to check for leaks and the burst capacity.
4. The cylinder undergoes
the fresh painting process by first, Static Charge Powder coating and then baking in Oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. This results into a super fine quality and durable new paint surface on the cylinder.
5. New extinguishing
agent (powder, gas,
water or foam) is filled
in the cylinder through a vacuum based process that fills the cylinder with exact quantity of extinguishing agent.
6. New Discharge fitment mechanism including all new rubber seals, O rings,
and hose pipe (EPDM with 50 kg burst capacity) are attached.
7. Fire extinguisher is
charged (pressurized) with
99.99% pure nitrogen
mixed with helium.
8. The Fire Extinguisher is then
made to go through Leak tests. The first is an inverted beaker test in water. The extinguishers also undergo a Mass Spectro Meter Helium Leak Detection Test which is the most advanced leak detection
technology available currently
in the world.