Portable Fire Extinguisher Inspection Checklist – Quick Reference Guide

Observations and Maintenance


  • must be kept operable and fully charged. OFC
  • must be located so they are easily seen and accessible at all times OFC
  • Having defects must be repaired or recharged when necessary NFC & OFC


Inspect all fire extinguishers and record inspection date on back of tags. OFC

Ensure that the extinguishers are charged, have not been tampered with and are undamaged.


  • Nozzle for obstruction
  • Seal or tamper indicators are in place
  • Pressure gauge reading in operable range, if applicable
  • For no signs of physical or mechanical damage
  • Operation instructions on nameplate legible and face outwards
  • Access and visibility of extinguisher not obstructed

The monthly inspection should be more frequent if any of the following exist:

  • High frequency of fires in the past
  • Severe hazards
  • Susceptibility to tampering, vandalism, or malicious mischief
  • Possibility of, or experience with, theft of extinguishers
  • Locations that make extinguishers susceptible to mechanical injury. NFPA 10


  • Every 12 months soda-acid, foam, pump tank water and pump tank calcium chloride base antifreeze types of extinguishers must be recharged. NFPA 4.5
  • All extinguishers must be recharged after use or as indicated by an inspection or when performing maintenance. NFPA 4.5
  • Every 6 years, stored pressure extinguishers that require a 12 year hydrostatic test must be emptied and subjected to maintenance procedures. NFPA 4.4
  • All extinguishers must be subjected to hydrostatic testing at intervals and test pressures indicated on the extinguisher’s nameplate NFPA

If you are a property owner or manager you are mandated to ensure that your buildings adhere to the National Fire Code. To help you with your Fire Safety and risk management planning we have put together these handy Inspection Requirements Checklists to help you avoid liability and ensure the utmost safety for all your properties.