Visual Inspections

Fire Extinguisher Inspections

  • Confirm the extinguisher is visible, unobstructed, and in its designated location.
  • Verify the locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is unbroken. Examine the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle.
  • Confirm the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range or position, and lift the extinguisher to ensure it is still full.
  • Make sure the operating instructions on the nameplate are legible and facing outward.
  • Check the last professional service date on the tag. (A licensed fire extinguisher maintenance contractor must have inspected the extinguisher within the past 12 months.)
  • Initial and date the back of the tag.
    Report expired service tags and missing, damaged or used extinguishers immediately.

Fire Extinguisher Recharge

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance


Most frequent questions and answers

A fire extinguisher inspection is conducted monthly to ensure that fire extinguishers in a certain location are in good working condition. It is conducted by external professionals or an organization’s own safety officers as part of an overall fire safety strategy.  [29 CFR 1910.157(e)(1)]

Your fire extinguisher’s pressure gauge should be checked monthly to be sure that the extinguisher is holding pressure. These monthly checks should be documented. [29 CFR 1910.157(e)(2)]

Fire extinguishers must be inspected and certified annually by a fire protection company, like Fishbone! [29 CFR 1910.157(e)(3)]