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    Fire Extinguisher Check Up

    Just passing along a tip that I found helpful. I'll quote from the article:

    "When an ABC dry-chemical fire extinguisher sits too long, the agent can settle and become compacted yet still show a full charge. In addition to checking the gauge, people should turn their extinguishers upside down and give them a shake or tap on the bottom with a screwdriver handle to loosen the agent. If all the weight appears to stay at the base, replace the extinguisher."

    I think we can all agree that the worst time to find out that your extinguisher isn't functional is when you actually need it. With the price of an 8 pound unit roughly double since I last bought some, we can be hesitant to replace an unused unit. Even if they were $100 each, that is cheap insurance averaged over the life of an extinguisher. Do what I did, go check them right now. Mine were all good .
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    Great tip Glenn!

    I guess the one in the back of my expedition should be fine since it's been rolling around back there on every turn.

    I'm joking...it's on it's hook, but with the extra movement of the vehicle should keep it mixed up. I have the same one on the shop wall, perhaps I should swap them out periodically.
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    Once a year we have a fire check in our buildings, by law, and yes, we get to pay for it too!
    They check all the fire extinguishers for a production date and then all the heat and smoke sensors too.
    I noticed that the guys checking the fire extinguishers always do what you are saying, the turn them upside down and shake them, often banging the bottom with a little hammer they have, when I asked why, they said exactly what you said, well they said it in Japanese of course, but the meaning was the same. I do this every now and then just to make sure.

    Great tip!
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    Thanks for the reminder. I noticed recently that the gauge on the one in my kitchen is sitting on the edge of the red zone. I need to either get it serviced or replaced.
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    Also don't buy the extinguisher with a plastic valve because the plastic shrinks with age & you will lose pressure from the extinguisher. Buy only metal valved fire extinguishes. I was told this by both the fire dept. & the people that serviced the extinguishers at the apt. complexes we managed.
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    Always a good idea my insurance company gives a slight discount on my home insurance with having extinguishers in the house thanks for the reminder
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    Good thread! Are there similar precautions for a Halon fire extinguisher, in terms of mixing it up, life cycle, etc?
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    Glenn can I ask where you read that article?

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    Great tip Glenn. I'm checking mine this morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Bruette View Post
    Glenn can I ask where you read that article?

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