Message From The Marshal

Although the exact origin is subject to debate, “Mulligan” is one of the few sports terms believed to be named after a person. The term is now widely used to describe a “do-over” or second chance. Ironically, the rules of golf still prohibit the practice.

Be sure you have a plan in place before disaster strikes. You may not be able to stop the event, but the recovery will be easier if you were prepared.

​On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Kidde issued a safety recall regarding Kidde’s Plastic Handle Portable Fire Extinguishers (links below). This is a good opportunity to review the care and use of fire extinguishers. If they are not kept in good working condition, they will most likely be useless when you need them most.

​ There are no Mulligans during a fire emergency.

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An inspection is a “quick check” to give reasonable assurance that a fire extinguisher is available, fully charged and operable. The value of an inspection lies in the frequency, regularity, and thoroughness with which it is conducted. Inspections should always be conducted when extinguishers are first placed into service and at least monthly after that.

Inspect your fire extinguishers at least once a month.

Ensure that:

​•The extinguisher is readily accessible. Does everyone know where it is? Can they reach it?
​•The cylinder is charged. On extinguishers equipped with a gauge, the needle should be in the green.
​•The nozzle or other parts are not damaged, missing, or plugged with debris.
​•The pin and tamper seal (if it has one) are intact. •There are no dents, leaks, rust, or signs of damage. Wipe off any oil, dust, or gunk.

​We recommend shaking your extinguishers once a month to prevent the powder from settling.

​If the extinguisher is damaged or needs recharging, replace it immediately!

​A fire extinguisher that is damaged can be dangerous. If you suspect that a extinguisher is in bad shape, contact a professional fire extinguisher company to come and inspect it. Better safe than sorry.

IMPORTANT: Recharge all extinguishers immediately after use.

​Recharging a fire extinguisher involves refilling it with the agent, or in some cases, emptying any remaining agent left in the unit and then refilling it.

Contact Us

  1. Dwight Good

    Fire Marshal

    Fire Marshal's Office
    17575 Peak Ave.
    Morgan Hill, CA 95037

    Emergency: 911
    Ph: 408-310-4654
    Fx: 408-779-7236


    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.