How to Read a Fire Extinguisher Tag

Fire extinguishers are an important part of any fire safety plan, but they are only effective if properly maintained. Fire extinguisher tags provide a quick and easy way to check that an extinguisher is up to date. In this blog post, we’ll go over how to read a fire extinguisher tag.

Look for the Type of Fire Extinguisher

The first thing you should do when looking for a fire extinguisher is to find one designed for the type of fire you are dealing with. You can find the class of fire extinguishers on the tag. Use Class A extinguishers for wood and paper fires, Class B extinguishers for flammable liquids, and Class C extinguishers for electrical fires.

Once you have found the right class of fire extinguisher, make sure to read the instructions carefully so that you know how to use it properly.

Check the Dates

It is important to check when the fire extinguisher’s date of manufacture and expiration. The date of manufacture will help you ensure that the extinguisher has not been sitting on the shelf for too long, while the expiration date indicates when you need to service or replace it.

To find these dates, look at the tag on the extinguisher. The date of manufacture may be listed as “Date Purchased” or “Date of Manufacture.” The expiration date may be listed as “Date Inspected” or “Date of Expiration.” Regularly checking these dates lets you know that the fire extinguisher is always in good working condition.

Locate Information About the Last Inspection

In addition to the inspection date, a fire extinguisher tag should feature other information about the last inspection. You should be able to find the name of the company and/or person who performed the inspection, the certification or license number of that person, and the validation of the inspection. For the validation, you should be able to find a hole punch under the word “serviced”.

Remember: A Fire Extinguisher Is Only Effective If You Maintain and Use It Properly

You need to know how to use and maintain a fire extinguisher properly if it’s going to be effective. Take the time to read the instructions and familiarize yourself with the different types of fires that can be put out with each type of extinguisher.

Remember, always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames, when using a fire extinguisher. With a little preparation, you can be confident that you know how to use your fire extinguisher effectively in an emergency.


Reading a fire extinguisher tag may seem confusing at first, but with a little practice, it can be easy to understand the information printed on them. By knowing how to read a fire extinguisher tag, you can be sure that you are using the right extinguisher for the job. Remember, safety should always be your top priority when fighting fires, so read and follow all instructions on the fire extinguisher tag.

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