The labels and tags on your fire extinguishers serve a number of purposes. Federal, State, or Local laws and regulations require these labels. A brief description of the various labels is listed below. Some may not be present on all fire extinguishers – they are only installed after a specific service or test has been done, such as hydrostatic testing.
The Manufacturer’s Label must be on the front of the fire extinguisher and contains:
Monthly Inspection Tag:
This is typically found on the reverse side of the Annual Inspection Tag.
The Monthly Inspection Tag contains:
The identity of the owner and space to record the date and status of the eleven (11) required monthly inspections performed on the extinguisher by the owner.
It is replaced annually at the time of the Annual Inspection.
Annual Inspection Tag:
The Annual Inspection Tag will be attached to the fire extinguisher, near the handle on all fire extinguishers.
The Annual Inspection Tag contains:
It is replaced annually at the time of the Annual Inspection or when the extinguisher requires recharging or internal maintenance and/or testing.
Verification of Service Collar
The Verification of Service Collar will be found encircling the neck of the fire extinguisher, just below the handle, if internal service or recharging has been performed.
The Verification of Service Collar contains:
It is replaced when the extinguisher requires recharging or internal maintenance and/or testing.
Hydrostatic Test Label
The Hydrostatic Test Label will be found on the body or cylinder of older fire extinguishers that have passed this test.
The Hydrostatic Test Label contains:
This label is never replaced or removed. When the extinguisher requires second or subsequent hydrostatic tests, an additional label is added.