Inspection, Maintenance, and Hydrostatic Testing periods for Portable Fire Extinguishers

National Fire Fighter Corp. offers the following timetable for the inspection, maintenance, recharging, and testing of portable fire extinguishers. The section and paragraph numbers listed in parenthesis refer to NFPA 10-Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, 2013 edition.

Extinguisher Type

Inspection (7.2.1.2)

Inspection by Certified Individual (7.3)

Maintenance/ Internal Exam. (7.3.3.1)

Hydrostatic Testing (8.3.1)

Dry Chemical (Stored Pressure)

30 days

1 year

6 years

12 years

Carbon Dioxide

30 days

Maintenance & Conductivity test at 1 year

5 years (hydro)

5 years

Halogenated (Halon)

30 days

1 year

6 years

12 years

Halotron

30 days

1 year

6 years

12 years

FE-36

30 days

1 year

6 years

12 years

Water (Stored Pressure)

30 days

1 year

5 years (hydro)

5 years

Wet Chemical

30 days

1 year

5 years (hydro)

5 years

AFFF (Liquid Charge Type)

30 days

1 year

3 years

5 years

FFFP (Liquid Charge Type)

30 days

1 year

3 years

5 years

Dry Chemical (Stainless Steel)

30 days

1 year

5 years (hydro)

5 years

Dry Powder

30 days

1 year

6 years

12 years

Dry Chemical (Cartridge)

30 days

1 year

1 year

12 years