Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home or business?  Do you know where it is?  Is the fire extinguisher operable?  Do you know how to work it?    If you answered, “I don’t know” to any of these questions, you need to keep reading.   Most people expect the extinguisher to work immediately and forever.  After all,  it is a steel cylinder, right?  It is a steel cylinder, yes.  However, the truth…all extinguishers leak.  It is normal and occurs slowly over time.  In order to be prepared for an emergency, you need to make sure your fire extinguisher is in working order.  Once you locate your trusty fire extinguisher, check the expiration date to see if it needs to be recharged. Some extinguishers are not rechargeable, and if yours is not, discard it and buy a new one.  And while you’re at it, check if it says “ABC” on the side. “ABC” fire extinguishers can be used on most types of fires, including electrical and grease fires.  ABC extinguishers must be recharged every 6 years and receive a special hydrostatic test every 12 years.   This routine maintenance ensures the extinguisher maintains its charge and maximizes its suppression performance.  These services must be completed by a certified extinguisher inspector.

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