Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Checklist


Regular maintenance of fire extinguishers is crucial to ensure they function effectively and reliably in an emergency.

This Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Checklist provides a structured approach for thorough evaluation and upkeep.

It is designed to help facilities maintain compliance with safety regulations and ensure the operational readiness of all fire extinguishers on site.

Proper and periodic maintenance prevents failures, extends the life of the equipment, and protects property and lives.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Checklist

Facility Details:
Name of Facility: ___________________________________________
Location: ___________________________________________________
Date of Maintenance: ___________________
Technician’s Name: ____________________________________________
Extinguisher ID/Location: _____________________________________

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Points:

1. Visual Inspection:

[  ] Cylinder Condition: Check for dents, rust, corrosion, or other signs of damage.

[  ] Exterior Labels: Ensure labels are legible and instructions are clear.

[  ] Safety Seals and Tamper Indicators: Verify that seals are intact and have not been tampered with.

2. Physical Handling:

[  ] Weight Check: Weigh the extinguisher and compare to the weight on the label to ensure contents are correct.

[  ] Shake Dry Chemical Extinguishers: Shake if applicable to prevent the powder from packing.

3. Operational Parts Check:

[  ] Hose and Nozzle: Inspect for blockages or damage and ensure they are securely attached.

[  ] Handle/Lever: Test for smooth operation.

[  ] Locking Pin: Ensure it is in place and easy to remove.

4. Pressure Test:

[  ] Gauge Check: Confirm the pressure is within the safe operational range.

[  ] Test Discharge Mechanism: (if required and feasible under controlled conditions).

5. Agent Inspection:

[  ] Inspection of Extinguishing Agent: Check for proper type and any signs of caking or leakage.

[  ] Internal Inspection: (as per manufacturer’s instructions or NFPA standards, typically every 5 to 6 years).

6. Cleaning:

[  ] Clean Extinguisher Surface: Wipe down the cylinder to remove dirt and grease.

[  ] Label and Instruction Cleaning: Clean and ensure all markings and instructions are visible.

7. Documentation and Tagging:

[  ] Update Maintenance Tag: Record the date of maintenance and the technician’s initials or name.

[  ] Record Keeping: Enter maintenance details in the facility’s safety maintenance log.

8. Recharge or Replacement:

[  ] Recharge if Necessary: If the extinguisher has been used or shows signs of leakage.

[  ] Schedule for Replacement: If the extinguisher fails any part of the inspection or is deemed unrepairable.

Comments & Additional Observations:

(Provide detailed notes on maintenance performed or any additional recommendations.)

Technician’s Confirmation:

I confirm that the maintenance performed is comprehensive and enhances the reliability of the fire extinguisher.

Signature: _______________________ Date: _____________

Facility Manager’s Acknowledgment:

I acknowledge the completion of maintenance and will ensure continued monitoring and adherence to safety standards.

Signature: _______________________ Date: _____________


Completing the Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Checklist is a proactive step towards ensuring the effectiveness of fire safety measures within any facility.

This detailed maintenance not only helps in achieving compliance with safety regulations but also guarantees that fire extinguishers are ready to operate efficiently in emergency situations. 

Regular maintenance is vital for the safety of all occupants and the preservation of property, making it a critical routine for fire safety management.

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