When to Schedule Your Fire Extinguisher Inspection: A Complete Guide

When was the last time you checked your fire extinguisher? If you’re scratching your head trying to remember, you’re not alone. Fire extinguisher inspections often get overlooked, but they are crucial for ensuring the safety of your home or business. At Houston Fire and Security, we understand the importance of keeping your fire safety equipment in top-notch condition. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about when and why to schedule your fire extinguisher inspections.

Why Fire Extinguisher Inspections Matter

Fire extinguishers are your first line of defense against small fires. Regular inspections ensure that your extinguishers are:

– Fully charged and operational: An extinguisher that doesn’t work is as useful as having none at all.
– Free of damage or corrosion: Physical damage can render an extinguisher useless.
– Properly located and accessible: In an emergency, you need to reach your extinguisher quickly.

Inspections help identify and resolve these issues before they become critical problems.

How Often Should You Inspect Your Fire Extinguisher?

There are different types of inspections to consider, each with its own frequency:

Monthly Inspections

Who should do it? You or a designated employee.

What to look for?

– Ensure the extinguisher is in its designated place.
– Check that the pressure gauge is in the operable range.
– Look for any signs of physical damage, corrosion, or leakage.
– Verify that the pin and tamper seal are intact.

Annual Inspections

Who should do it? A certified fire protection professional.

What to look for?

– A thorough check of all components and operational parts.
– Inspection of the pull pin, nozzle, hose, and pressure gauge.
– Ensuring the extinguisher is correctly pressurized and hasn’t been tampered with.

Six-Year Maintenance and Hydrostatic Testing

Who should do it? A certified technician.

What to look for?

– Every six years, pressurized fire extinguishers need an internal examination.
– Hydrostatic testing involves pressure testing to ensure the extinguisher’s cylinder is sound.

Signs Your Fire Extinguisher Needs Immediate Attention

Even with regular inspections, sometimes things go wrong. Here are some signs that you need to schedule an inspection right away:

– Broken or missing safety seals: Indicates potential tampering.
– Visible physical damage: Dents, rust, or corrosion can compromise the extinguisher’s effectiveness.
– Low pressure: If the gauge needle is in the red zone, it’s time for a recharge.
– Leaking or clogged nozzle: Hinders the extinguisher’s ability to discharge properly.

Choosing the Right Professional for the Job

While you can handle monthly inspections yourself, annual inspections and six-year maintenance should always be performed by a professional. At Houston Fire and Security, our team of certified technicians is trained to handle all types of fire extinguishers. We follow NFPA 10 guidelines to ensure your equipment is in perfect working order.


Regular fire extinguisher inspections are not just a good idea—they’re essential for your safety. By keeping up with monthly checks and scheduling professional inspections annually, you can ensure that your fire extinguishers are ready to perform when you need them most. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Houston Fire and Security today to schedule your next fire extinguisher inspection and keep your property protected.

Schedule Your Inspection Today

Ready to take the next step? Call us at (281)446-2182 or visit our website to book an appointment. Houston Fire and Security is here to help you stay safe, one inspection at a time.