• 1/8" NPT socket
• Direct drive (no linkages or hairsprings) eliminating premature failure from the gear and movement
• Safety over-pressure port on the lens
• Commonly used on portable pneumatic equipment such as compressors, hand-held sprayers, pressurized recreational guns, oxygen tanks and regulators, pumps and fire extinguishers
The working principle of a fire extinguisher pressure gauge is based on the concept of pressure measurement. The gauge is designed to provide a visual indication of the pressure inside the fire extinguisher, which helps determine whether the extinguisher is adequately pressurized and ready for use.
Here's how the pressure gauge works:
Pressure Source: The pressure inside a fire extinguisher is generated by a compressed gas or chemical propellant stored within the extinguisher cylinder. This propellant is responsible for expelling the extinguishing agent when the extinguisher is activated.
Pressure Measurement: The pressure gauge is connected to the fire extinguisher cylinder through a small passage or connection point. This allows the pressure inside the cylinder to be transmitted to the gauge.
Bourdon Tube: The pressure gauge typically contains a component called a Bourdon tube. This tube is a curved, hollow metal tube that tends to straighten when pressurized. It is usually made of brass or another suitable material with good elasticity.
Pointer and Scale: The Bourdon tube is mechanically linked to a pointer, which moves along a calibrated scale on the face of the pressure gauge. The scale is marked with pressure values, often in pounds per square inch (psi) or bars, indicating the acceptable pressure range for the fire extinguisher.
Pressure Indication: When the fire extinguisher is pressurized, the pressure from the cylinder acts on the Bourdon tube, causing it to straighten or flex. This motion is transferred to the pointer, resulting in the movement of the pointer along the scale.
Pressure Range: The gauge is designed to show a specific pressure range that is appropriate for the fire extinguisher. The gauge might have markings such as "Recharge," "Overcharged," or "Undercharged" to indicate if the pressure is outside the acceptable range.
Visual Verification: By observing the position of the pointer on the scale, one can determine whether the pressure inside the fire extinguisher is within the recommended range. If the pointer falls within the designated range, it indicates that the extinguisher is properly pressurized and ready for use. However, if the pointer is outside the acceptable range, it suggests that the extinguisher may need to be serviced, recharged, or replaced.
Overall, the fire extinguisher pressure gauge provides a straightforward and visual means of verifying the pressure status of the extinguisher, ensuring its effectiveness in combating fires when needed.
If the fire extinguisher pressure gauge shows low pressure, it is important to take immediate action to ensure the extinguisher is effective and ready to use in case of a fire emergency. Here are the steps you should follow:
Assess the situation: Determine if the low pressure reading is due to a genuine issue with the fire extinguisher or if it's a faulty gauge. Inspect the extinguisher for any visible signs of damage or leakage.
Do not ignore it: Even if you suspect it might be a gauge malfunction, low pressure can indicate a potential problem with the extinguisher. It's better to address the issue to be on the safe side.
Inform the authorities: If the fire extinguisher is in a public or shared space, notify the appropriate authorities or responsible personnel about the low pressure reading. They can provide guidance and assistance in handling the situation.
Remove from service: If you have determined that the fire extinguisher is indeed experiencing low pressure, promptly remove it from service. Tag or label it as "out of service" to prevent anyone from using it until the issue is resolved.
Consult a professional: Contact a qualified fire equipment service provider or the manufacturer of the fire extinguisher. Explain the situation and seek their advice on how to proceed. They may instruct you to bring the extinguisher in for inspection or send a technician to assess and repair it.
Arrange for maintenance or replacement: Depending on the severity of the issue, the service provider may need to recharge or replace the extinguisher. Follow their recommendations and schedule any necessary maintenance or replacement as soon as possible.
Remember, fire extinguishers are crucial safety devices, and it's vital to ensure they are in proper working condition at all times. Regular inspections, maintenance, and prompt resolution of any issues are essential for their effectiveness.
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