If you uphold the good condition of your fire extinguisher, it can last up to 20 years easily. On average, if a fire extinguisher is rendered to outdoor elements in Singapore, the estimated life span can be around 5 to 15 years.
However, you have to opt for fire extinguisher maintenance Singapore in any case. After 5 or 10 years depending on the kind of extinguisher, you have to decide whether to replace the fire extinguisher or run the hydrostatic test. Choose the option that’s more economical.
When to replace a fire extinguisher as per SCDF requirement?
There is no allotted time on when you should substitute a portable fire extinguisher. A skilled technician needs to perform the inspection of fire extinguishers once a year. The technician should also make sure that the fire extinguisher is in a good working condition.
After a proper inspection, the technician will suggest if there is a need to replace your fire extinguisher. If you keep the fire extinguisher in a really good condition, it will enjoy a long life span.
How often to opt for hydrostatic testing?
If you own non-gas kind agents like foam, water, or powder, you need to opt for hydrostatic testing every 5 years. On the other hand, for a fire suppression system with CO2 or fire suppression system with clean gas, you should go for hydrostatic testing every 10 years. These numbers are based on SCDF regulations.