A portable fire extinguisher is perhaps the most familiar fire protection device in your building. It is your first line of defense. However, like all aspects of your fire protection system, a fire extinguisher is only effective if it is properly maintained and used.
To ensure your fire extinguisher will function properly when needed, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), O.S.H.A., your insurance provider, and your local building inspectors require you to perform monthly and annual inspections in accordance with the codes and standards of NFPA.
NFPA 10, Local AHJ’s and Insurance Underwriters require your fire extinguishers to
- conform to the applicable NFPA standards for installation
- be inspected monthly
- be inspected and tested annually by an authorized certified fire protection professional
- undergo scheduled maintenance at 6 and 12 year intervals
At National Fire Safety, our state certified, fire protection specialists check/monitor that:
You have the correct type of portable fire extinguishers in appropriate locations throughout your facility
Their physical and mechanical condition complies with NFPA and other regulations as well as your insurance requirements
Your fire extinguishers’ mandatory recharge and pressure testing dates are documented, and all test results are in accordance with NFPA 10
Life safety is our profession and we are passionate about protecting yours. We pride ourselves on delivering quality customer service each and every day. Rest assured that our inspections go far beyond the code guidelines. Every business and application are different, and it is the responsibility of our certified technicians to gain an understanding of your operation and perform thorough and competent inspections and recommendations as to your business.
Because fire extinguishers are your first line of defense, building occupants must be familiar with and comfortable using them. As a full-service fire protection company, National Fire Safety will help you select and properly install your fire extinguishers, as well as provide safety training for your staff and tenants.
NFPA 10 requires a thorough annual examination of your portable fire extinguishers’ mechanical parts, extinguishing agent and expelling means by an approved fire protection service.
These annual maintenance and functional tests for portable fire extinguishers include but not limited to:
- Condition of tires, wheels, carriage, hose, and nozzle (for wheeled units)
- Conductivity test of all carbon dioxide and hose assemblies
- Ensure extinguishers are in proper operating condition
- Check safety seals, tags, pressure gauge reading, HMIS table
- Empty and recharge all stored pressure-loaded stream fire extinguishers
- Determine six-year maintenance or hydrostatic test
- Inspect shell and nameplate
- Check hanger and proper mounting
After any maintenance, we install new tamper seals with fully documented test results as required by NFPA 10. In addition we provide reports for your local building officials as well as your insurance carrier. The regulations governing the inspection, testing and documentation for fire extinguishers can be complex and overwhelming. Rather than set out all the requirements here, we strongly recommend that you rely on a reputable fire protection service to take care of your portable fire extinguishers.
Cutting Insurance Rates with
Improved Fire Protection Programs
Your insurance policy is the number one driving factor when it comes to making the Life Safety decisions of your business. There is no cut rate insurance plan for life safety, you either meet the codes or not, it is that simple, and your business protection and payment on claims depends on it. It is up to the business owners to ensure that all life safety inspections are completed and ensured compliant by qualified service provider. Insurance companies are not in business to pay claims, but rather focus on keeping businesses safe with claim avoidance and that is where we come in.
ALL ABOUT RISK
Your life safety program is considered as an extension of your business insurance policy. All of the mandated inspections and services performed, lessen the risk associated with your business, which in turn, directly reflects in your premium rates. You count on us, not only to meet the minimum requirements but to maximize the reduction of risk to benefit both your business health, and your bottom line. The principle is the same as having an anti-theft device in your car, if you have one, you’ll get better rates. We work directly with your insurance provider to maximize your savings based on this same principle.
Our exclusive Rate Assurance Program all but guarantees that you are getting the maximum insurance savings, eliminating claim issues, and virtually enabling your Life Safety Protection Program to pay for itself. At National Fire Safety, we have gained the respect from your insurance companies, contractors, building officials, fire marshals, and more, so much so, that we train them at own state of the art training facility. Now That’s Respect!