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Fire Extinguishers

fire extinguishers

The required number and size of portable extinguishers are set forth in the National Fire Protection Association's Pamphlet 10, "The Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers." Our salespeople are trained to determine the building occupancy, the potential fire hazards and the anticipated class of fire before recommending the proper type and size of extinguishers required to meet codes. We make recommendations without obligations and can assure delivery from our well-stocked warehouse.

*Inspection Checklist in Accordance With NFPA Pamphlet 10

  • Examination of cylinder for physical damage or tampering
  • Check of gauge for proper cylinder pressure
  • Determination of fullness by weighing or hefting
  • Inspection of nozzle, valve and hose assemblies
  • Check for broken or missing seals and pull rings
  • Noting of all hydrostatic test and six-year dates
  • Record of all necessary corrective actions

Annual Service

Annual service is intended to give maximum assurance that the extinguisher will operate safely and effectively. It includes all points covered in our inspection and any necessary repair, replacement and/or subsequent testing. A tag or label is securely fastened, identifying the individual having performed the service.

Six-Year Maintenance

Every six years, stored pressure extinguishers must be emptied and subjected to a full internal inspection and applicable maintenance procedures, including a thorough examination of all mechanical parts, extinguishing agent and expellant.

Hydrostatic Testing

This periodic test is mandated by NFPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT), requiring highly specialized test equipment to ensure the integrity of an extinguisher or cylinder at its listed operating pressure. Dry chemical, Halon 1211 and other clean-agent extinguishers are to be hydrotested at 12-year intervals. High-pressure carbon dioxide extinguishers are to be tested at five-year intervals.