Extinguishers should be placed in an accessible area—not near the engine or in a compartment, but where they can be reached immediately. Be sure you know how to operate them.
Check all extinguishers annually to make sure they are fully charged. Extinguishers must be maintained in usable condition and should be serviced at least every two years. Refer to the label for additional servicing information. You also should inspect extinguishers regularly to ensure the following.
- Seals and tamper indicators are not broken or missing.
- Pressure gauges or indicators read in the operable range.
- There is no physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzles.
In Utah, each fire extinguisher must show evidence of being certified or serviced once every five years, unless the fire extinguisher is disposable. (A disposable fire extinguisher is one that cannot be certified, recharged, or serviced.) A disposable fire extinguisher expires 12 years from the date of manufacture indicated on the label or on the bottom of the fire extinguisher.