How often do my fire extinguishers need to be serviced?

All portable fire extinguishers are required to have an Annual Fire Extinguisher Inspection performed by a state-licensed inspector every year. In addition, most fire extinguishers are required to have maintenance performed on them every 6 years from the manufacture date of the extinguisher.

Please see the list below for the exact frequency of service and type of service required for the different types of extinguishers.

  • ABC requires an internal maintenance every 6 years and a hydrostatic test every 12 years from the date that the extinguisher was manufactured
  • BC requires an internal maintenance every 6 years and a hydrostatic test every 12 years from the date that the extinguisher was manufactured
  • Class K require a hydrostatic test every 5 years from the date that the fire extinguisher was manufactured.
  • Halon require an internal maintenance every 6 years and a hydrostatic test every 12 years from the date that the extinguisher was manufactured
  • Halotron require an internal maintenance every 6 years and a hydrostatic test every 12 years from the date that the extinguisher was manufactured
  • FE-36 require an internal maintenance every 6 years and a hydrostatic test every 12 years from the date that the extinguisher was manufactured
  • Co2 require a hydrostatic test every 5 years from the date that the fire extinguisher was manufactured.
  • Water requires a hydrostatic test every 5 years from the date that the fire extinguisher was manufactured.
  • Foam require a hydrostatic test every 5 years from the date that the fire extinguisher was manufactured. **Any time that a fire extinguisher has been partially discharged it needs to be completely recharged.