Portable Fire Extinguishers Servicing and Maintenance in Singapore

The regular maintenance of fire extinguishers is crucial, and it should be conducted annually by qualified technicians in appropriate workshops. Under the Singapore Standard, SS 578 : 2019, Use and Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers, the owner or occupant of a premise is responsible for the inspection and maintenance of the fire extinguishers installed in the premises. This is to ensure that the fire extinguishers are in good working condition, always ready to be deployed in case of emergencies.

Here are some commonly asked questions / FAQ:

How long can a portable fire extinguisher typically last?

In optimal condition, a portable fire extinguisher can last well over 20 years. However, in Singapore's climate, where exposure to outdoor elements like sun, heat and rain is common, the average lifespan of a fire extinguisher then ranges somewhere between 5 to 13 years.

Are there any requirements by SCDF with regards to replacing portable fire extinguishers?

First and foremost, fire extinguishers should always be maintained and serviced by competent technicians to ensure they are in good working condition. Technicians will only recommend replacements if necessary, but the truth is well-maintained extinguishers can have a relatively long lifespan.

In fact, the recommended frequency to service and maintain a fire extinguisher in Singapore is once a year. Non-gas based fire extinguishers (powder, foam, water) require hydrostatic testing every 5 years, while gas extinguishers (carbon dioxide) need testing every 10 years.

*Hydrostatic testing is conducted to see how safe and effective your fire extinguishers are by verifying their pressure resistance. During the test, the extinguisher is filled with water above its designated pressure rating. The technician closely observes the cylinder for any signs of pressure loss. 

How often should hydrostatic testing then be performed according to SCDF regulations?

Hydrostatic testing is required every 5 years for non-gas type agents such as powder, foam, or water, and every 10 years for gas type agents like carbon dioxide. This type of testing is done on portable fire extinguishers and it evaluates the overall strength of the cylinder and how well the it can withstand pressure. Leaks are also checked. 

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