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1   Annual and Monthly Inspections of Fire Extinguishers

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Annual and Monthly Inspections of Your Fire Extinguishers

 

 

 

We Do Our Inspection and Service in Accordance with NFPA 10 and Fire Code
Never Compromise with Fire Protection – Use the Best Company and Product

 

Every year, CrownFire’s trained technicians inspect your extinguishers at your facility. We schedule a time to service your facility through our service department and arrive on time, organized, well-stocked in an identified vehicle with a uniform and a smile. We perform our inspections in writing and then ask for your signature on the invoice. A copy of your annual inspection will be posted on our web site and available to you within a week of the inspection. This service is free and available 24/7/365, so your reports are always kept close to you .While the job might seem simple, there is actually an extensive process behind the annual inspection. Each extinguisher requires individual attention and several detailed check points to ensure it will function as designed to protect you and your property.

We have proper signage and protective covers to protect your investment. Ask about CrownFire’s great Switch Out Program that we’ve been using with our current customers for over the past 20 years and how it will work for you. It’s simple and smart, saving our environment while saving you both time and money.

Call Us Today for a Quotation on Our Range of Portable Hand-Held Fire Extinguishers and Inspections or Repairs at 1-877-243-9664.

 

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Extinguisher Service Coverage Areas

 

Toronto, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Brantford, Kitchener, Cambridge, Woodstock, London, Niagra Falls, St. Catherines, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

2   Automatic Fire Extinguisher X4

3   Portable Hand Held Fire Extinguishers

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Hand-Held Portable Fire Extinguishers

We Do Our Inspection and Service in Accordance with NFPA 10 and Fire Code

Never Compromise with Fire Protection – Use the Best Company and Product

All Dry Chemical ABC Fire Extinguishers
All Co2 Fire Extinguishers
All Water and Foam Fire Extinguishers
Halotron1 and Halon 1211 Extinguishers for Computer Room and Aircraft Fire Extinguisher
Class K for Your Restaurant Kitchen Systems Fire Extinguisher
Class D Fire Extinguisher
Class K Fire Extinguisher
High-Performance Fire Extinguisher
High-Flow Fire Extinguisher
Maintenance on All Types of Extinguishers
Hydrostatic Testing on All Co2 Fire Extinguishers and Vessels
Emergency Recharge Service of Fire Extinguisher and Vessels

Suggested use of portable hand-held fire extinguishers includes the following:
Homes
Mines
Business Offices
Municipalities
Schools
Factories
High-Rise Buildings
Vehicles Land, Sea and Air

Ask about CrownFire’s great Extinguisher Switch Out Program that we’ve been using with our current customers for over the past 20 years and how it will help our environment and work for you. It’s simple and smart, saving our environment while saving you time and money.

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HAND-HELD EXTINGUISHERS SELECTION GUIDE

Each year, fire kills or severely injures thousands of people and destroys millions of dollars’ worth of property. Many fires start small and may be extinguished or controlled by a fire extinguisher. You can minimize property damage by having the right type of fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it through training.

CrownFire is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that has established the requirements for the number, size, placement, performance, and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers. These requirements are contained in NFPA 10. “Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers” is the minimum requirement; your local jurisdiction can always request more if the hazard is determined to be higher.

Within this standard, it is stated that the selection of fire extinguishers for a given situation is determined by the following:

– The character of the fires anticipated to be encountered
– The construction and occupancy of the property to be protected
– The ambient temperature of the area where the extinguisher will be located
– Other factors that may dictate the selection of a particular type of extinguisher

 

FIRE CLASSIFICATIONS

Generally fire extinguishers are selected based on the hazard(s) they are intended to protect.
Classifications have been established to these hazards as follows:

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Extinguisher Service Coverage Areas Toronto, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Brantford, Kitchener, Cambridge, Woodstock, London, Niagra Falls, St. Catherines, Stoney Creek, Ontario

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4   Repairs, Hydro Static Testing, and 6 year maintenance to Fire Extinguishers

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Repairs, Hydro Static Testing, and Repairs for Fire Extinguishers

MAINTENANCE AND TESTING OF PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS – An Introduction
To ensure that portable fire extinguishers are available and operate properly when needed, both federal certification requirements and state licensure requirements mandate that healthcare facilities properly inspect, test, and maintain their portable fire extinguishers [see NFPA 101(00), Sections 18/19.3.5.6 and 9.7.4.1; MSFC(07), Sec. 906.2]. Unless otherwise indicated, this guide will focus on federal certification requirements.

Applicable Standards [NFPA 101(00), Sec. 9.7.4.1 and MSFC(07), Sec. 906.2] require that portable fire extinguishers be inspected and maintained in accordance with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. NFPA 101(00), Sec. 2.1.1 references the 1998 edition of NFPA 10. MSFC(07), Chapter 45, on the other hand, references the 2002 edition of the standard. For purposes of this guide, all code references will be based on the 1998 edition of NFPA 10 until the new addition is adopted the local jurisdiction having authority.

Visual inspections Portable fire extinguishers are required to be visually inspected when initially placed in service and at least monthly thereafter [see NFPA 10(98), Sections 4-3.1]. These visual inspections, intended to help ensure that each extinguisher is in its designated place and will operate if needed, can be performed by facility staff. A pressure gauge in the “normal” or “operable” range is not a 100 percent guaranty that the extinguisher will perform as intended. A broken seal, for example, may be an indication that someone has used the extinguisher and discharged a portion of the contents too small to affect the pressure gauge. NFPA 10(98), Sec. 4-3.2, therefore, requires that the monthly inspection verify a number of things:

  • Extinguishers are in their designated places
  • There are no obstructions to access or visibility
  • Safety seals are not broken or missing
  • There is no evidence of physical damage, corrosion, leakage or clogged nozzle
  • Pressure gauge readings are in the proper range or position
  • Operating instructions are legible and facing outward
  • Fullness – confirmed by weighing or lifting
  • Visibility and signage is appropriate

Where circumstances warrant, some fire extinguishers may have to be inspected more frequently. Examples of such circumstances might include extinguishers that are oftentimes found obstructed during monthly inspections or extinguishers located in areas where they are subject to tampering, theft or mechanical injury. Obviously, any problems found during the monthly inspection must be corrected immediately. Some problems trigger a need for full maintenance or even replacement of the extinguisher, for example, the full maintenance procedures must be performed whenever an inspection of a rechargeable fire extinguisher reveals any of the following problems [see NFPA 10(98), Sec. 4-3.3.1]:

  • Operating instructions are not legible
  • Safety seals are broken or missing
  • Fullness can’t be confirmed (as determined by weighing or lifting)
  • There is evidence of physical damage, corrosion, leakage or a clogged nozzle
  • Pressure gauge readings are not in the operable range or position

Maintenance/testing of portable fire extinguishers – When any of the conditions noted in Item 1 on the previous page, with the exception of a broken or missing safety seal, are found during an inspection of a no rechargeable dry chemical extinguisher, the extinguisher must be removed from use [see NFPA 10(98), Sec. 4-3.3.2].

  • No rechargeable extinguishers can be identified by looking for markings similar to the following: “Discharge and Dispose of After Any Use”, “Discharge and Return to Manufacturer After Any Use”, or simply “No rechargeable”.

Maintenance “Maintenance” is a thorough examination and repair, as needed, of your facility’s portable fire extinguishers and is covered in NFPA 10(98), Sec. 4-4. Maintenance is required at least once a year – more frequently when indicated by a routine monthly inspection, as discussed earlier. Maintenance is also required whenever extinguishers undergo hydrostatic testing. Because maintenance is required to include a thorough examination of the mechanical parts, extinguishing agent, and expelling means of each portable fire extinguisher, it must be performed by an approved extinguisher servicing company. A more detailed look at what annual maintenance entails can be found in NFPA 10(98), Tables A-4-4.4.2(a) and A-4-4.4.2(b). It should be noted that new tamper seals are required to be installed whenever maintenance is performed on rechargeable fire extinguishers [see NFPA 10(98), Sec. 4-4.2.1].

Six-Year Maintenance

Every 6 years, stored pressure fire extinguishers that require a 12-year hydrostatic test (e.g. dry chemical extinguishers) must be emptied and proper maintenance procedures performed [see NFPA 10(98), Sec. 4-4.3]. The exception to this rule is a rechargeable extinguisher, which is required to be removed from service 12 years from the date of manufacture. Again, this maintenance must be performed by an approved extinguisher servicing company. Every 6 years, stored pressure fire extinguishers that require a 12-year hydrostatic test (e.g. dry chemical extinguishers) must be emptied and proper maintenance procedures performed [see NFPA 10(98), Sec. 4-4.3]. The exception to this rule is a rechargeable extinguisher, which is required to be removed from service 12 years from the date of manufacture. Again, this maintenance must be performed by an approved extinguisher servicing company.

Hydrostatic testing At certain intervals, fire extinguishers are required to be pressure tested using water or some other non-compressible fluid to help prevent unwanted failure or rupture of the cylinder [see NFPA 10(98), Chapter 5]. This is called hydrostatic testing and includes both an internal and external examination of the cylinder. Because this testing requires special training and equipment, it needs to be performed by an approved extinguisher servicing company. Hydrostatic testing intervals for fire extinguishers are outlined in NFPA 10(98), Sec. 5-2 and Table 5- 2. Test intervals for some of the most commonly found extinguishers are as follows:

  • Pressurized water, carbon dioxide, and wet chemical extinguishers – every 5 years 
  • Dry chemical extinguishers – every 12 years

As mentioned earlier, the exception to the rule for hydrostatic testing is no rechargeable stored pressure extinguishers (e.g. dry chemical extinguishers), which are required to be removed from service 12 years from the date of manufacture.

Information only: Some of you may have heard that the 2007 edition of NFPA 10 contains a new requirement for the removal of dry chemical extinguishers manufactured prior to October 1984 [see NFPA 10(07), Sec. 4.4.1]. Removal is to occur at the time of the next 6-year maintenance interval or next hydro test interval, whichever comes first. This requirement came about as the result of significant changes made to UL Standard 299, Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers, based on fire testing conducted by UL, FEMA, and NFPA. This edition of NFPA 10 is not currently referenced by either the 2000 LSC or the 2007 MSFC, so it doesn’t carry the effect of law. This is mentioned in this guide only for informational purposes, as some insurance carriers may be applying this requirement to the properties they insure.

Documentation Requirements Almost as important as conducting required inspection, testing, and maintenance is documenting the fact that it occurred. NFPA 10 requires that these services be properly recorded. What follows is a brief synopsis of some of the major documentation requirements you need to be aware of.

Monthly inspections NFPA 10(98), Section 4-3.4 requires that records be kept of all extinguishers inspected, including those needing corrective action. The date the inspection was performed and the initials of the person performing the inspection must be recorded on a tag or label attached to each extinguisher. As an alternate, the monthly inspections can be recorded on an inspection checklist maintained on file or in an electronic system that provides a permanent record.

Maintenance Annual maintenance is also required to be recorded on a tag or label attached to each extinguisher that indicates the month and year the maintenance was performed and the name of the person or company performing the service [see NFPA 10(98), Section 4-4.4]. In addition to the tag or label, it is recommended that a permanent record be kept for each extinguisher that indicates at least the following:

  • The date maintenance was last performed and by whom
  • The date the extinguisher was recharged and by whom
  • The date 6-year maintenance was last performed and by whom
  • The date the extinguisher was hydrostatically tested and by whom

Six-year maintenance is required to be recorded on a metallic label, or similar durable material, affixed to each extinguisher that indicates the month and year the maintenance was performed, the initials or name of the person performing the service, and the name of the company they represent [see NFPA 10(98), Section 4-4.4.1]. Old maintenance labels must be removed at the time; any new labels are affixed to the extinguisher.

Recharging When extinguishers are recharged, a tag or label must be attached to each extinguisher that indicates the month and year recharging was performed and the name of the person or company performing the service [see NFPA 10(98), Section 4-5.5]. In addition, each extinguisher that has undergone maintenance that includes an internal examination or has been recharged is required to have a “Verification of Service” collar installed around the neck of the extinguisher [see NFPA 10(98), Section 4-4.4.2]. The exception to this rule is carbon dioxide extinguishers that have been recharged without removal of the valve assembly.

The “Verification of Service” collar, usually made of plastic, serves as visual proof that the extinguisher was disassembled and maintenance performed. It must be of a type that cannot be removed without the removal of the valve assembly and must include the month and year the service was performed.

Hydrostatic Testing NFPA 10(98), Sec. 5-6.1 requires that a permanent record be maintained for each cylinder tested as well as the following:

  • High-pressure cylinders (e.g. carbon dioxide) that pass the hydrostatic test must be stamped with the tester’s identification number and the month and year of the test.
  • Low-pressure cylinders (e.g. dry chemical, wet chemical, pressurized water) that pass the hydrostatic test must have the test information recorded on a metallic label, or similar durable material, affixed to each extinguisher that indicates the month and year the test was performed, the test pressure used, and the initials or name of the person performing the service and the name of the company they represent [see NFPA 10(98), Section 5-6.4].
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5   Training of Portable Hand Held Fire Extinguishers

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LASER-DRIVEN FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING

CrownFire’s Laser-Driven Fire Extinguisher Training

 

  • Conduct important OSHA-required fire extinguisher training with your entire staff, anytime, anywhere, with the innovative Bull Ex Laser-Driven Fire Extinguisher Training System.
  • Because the Bull Ex allows you to train in any setting, your employees can learn the proper operation of a fire extinguisher in their actual work environment – next to their desk, in a supply closet, or on the production floor – for a completely clean and safe training experience.
  • The Bull Ex system also eliminates the time-consuming clean-up and expense associated with using an actual extinguisher, allowing you to train more staff in less time. In many cases, organizations can save more than the cost of a training system in the first year alone. With the Bull Ex Digital Extinguisher Training System, training your staff has never been easier.

 

Features and Benefits of CrownFire’s Training Program

 

  • Clean Training
    Bull Ex uses a conical laser to replicate extinguisher discharge rather than depending on a dry-chemical or CO2 extinguisher, making it an environmentally-friendly way to train. Our training smoke does not leave a residue.
  • Safe Training
    Use LED-driven digital flames and a laser training extinguisher to provide a dynamic and realistic simulation for trainees while eliminating the hazards associated with conventional fire extinguisher training. Comply with OSHA safety training requirements by taking training to your employees.
  • Realistic Training
    Simulate class A, B, and C fires at ten difficulty levels. The system can sense if the trainee is using the correct extinguisher, aiming and sweeping correctly, and if they are an effective distance from the base of the fire. This ensures trainees are prepared in case of a real fire emergency.
  • Train Anywhere
    Because only a laser is emitted from the training extinguisher, extinguisher training can now be conducted virtually anywhere indoors or out – where fires may actually occur. ?Hundreds of trainees can be trained in a single day without recharging any extinguishers.
  • Trackable Training
    After each successful evolution, the time to extinguishment is displayed on the panel. Training record collection allows instructors to record and monitor a trainee’s progress, as well as easily export training records for sharing and creating certificates of completion.
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6   Wheeled Fire Extinguishers

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Wheeled Fire Extinguishers

We Do Our Inspection and Service in Accordance with NFPA 10 and Ontario Fire Code
Never Compromise with Fire Protection – Use the Best Company and Product

DRY CHEMICAL
CrownFire’s comprehensive line of wheeled dry chemical extinguishers is available in 3 types and designed to meet the majority of large extinguishing needs. Designed for one man operation, these units are easily transportable through doorways and over rough terrain. All models are rechargeable and meet relevant ULC & DOT requirements. Stationary models are also available.
TYPICAL USES: Offshore rigs, ship docks, refineries, chemical plants, aircraft ramps, remote construction sites, large laboratories, processing plants, and storage and loading areas – not for use on sensitive electronic equipment. Dry chemical wheeled units are available for Class A, Class B, and Class C fires.

CARBON DIOXIDE MODELS
CrownFire’s residue-free wheeled carbon dioxide units are designed for one-person operations and are constructed with spun steel cylinders and plated brass valve assemblies. DOT-approved cylinders, rugged frames, and solid rubber tires are key features of these ULC approved units.
TYPICAL USES: For protecting sensitive electronic equipment in refineries, shipboard, laboratories, construction sites, chemical plants, and manufacturing facilities. Carbon dioxide models are suitable for use on Class B and Class C fires.

HALOTRON MODELS
CrownFire’s residue-free wheeled Halotron units are designed to deliver exceptional performance whatever the environment. DOT-approved cylinders, rugged frames, and semi-pneumatic tires are key features of these ULC approved units.
TYPICAL USES: For protecting sensitive electronic equipment in research facilities, vehicle/aircraft/marine service centers, and flight lines. Halotron is suitable for use on Class A, Class B, and Class C fires.

Call Us Today for a Quotation on Our range of Portable Hand-Held Fire Extinguishers and Inspections or Repairs at 1 (877)–243-9664

Extinguisher Service Coverage Areas Toronto, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Brantford, Kitchener, Cambridge, Woodstock, London, Niagra Falls, St. Catherines, Stoney Creek, Ontario

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