Monthly Check of Fire Extinguishers

Red Fire Extinguisher Against Wall

Q: Does OSHA require a monthly check of portable fire extinguishers?

A: Yes. The OSHA standard for portable fire extinguishers 19 10.157 requires a monthly check.

Each month check for:

- proper location;

- accessibility and visibility;

- intact tamper seal;

- allowable pressure range;

- corrosion or damage to the tank; and

- clogging of the discharge nozzle.