The Significance of the fire extinguisher pressure gauge pointer.
If you are conversant with any DCP portable fire extinguisher, you will see that the gauge has three areas/colour sections. The three parts have different meanings whenever the pointer is in them.
Now, the first area has the colour red. The second area has the colour green. The third area can have a colour red or yellow. The pointer in this section has a different meaning that will help you to know what to do in such cases.
This blog post below will explain the fire extinguisher gauge pointer to you, its significance, and what to do when the pointer is in a particular section.
1. The pointer of the fire extinguisher in the red area (recharge area). What does it mean?
The pressure gauge pointer of the fire extinguisher in the red area means that the fire extinguisher is used and needs servicing. The pressure inside the fire extinguisher is low to spray the extinguishing agent out of the cylinder.
2. The Pointer in the green area of the pressure gauge.
When you have the pointer of the fire extinguisher gauge in the green area, it means that the fire extinguisher pressure is normal and in good condition. The fire extinguisher can work well during use.
3. Having the pointer in the Yellow area (overcharged area).
In some fire extinguishers, this overcharged area may be yellow or red. But all the same, the pointer in the overcharge area means that the pressure inside the fire extinguisher is too high and exceeds the pressure standard of a fire extinguisher.
Using a fire extinguisher in this manner may cause an explosion even though the content may spray out. However, you have to carry out adequate maintenance for such an extinguisher.
In conclusion: The Significance of the fire extinguisher pressure gauge pointer
The pressure gauge pointer is a good indicator of the behaviour of the content of the fire extinguisher at any given time. Know all these pointers and take drastic steps to address those not in line with the standard of fire extinguisher equipment.
In addition, it is expedient for you to conduct regular inspections of fire extinguishers in your environment to ensure they are in good condition to serve you during any fire emergency.
There are several inspection regimes that you can deploy to every fire extinguisher. The monthly inspection of the extinguisher, the hydrostatic testing every five years and others.
The best you can always get from your fire extinguisher is to help you fight fire adequately. If this best is not maintained, the fire extinguisher will not serve you better during any fire emergency.
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