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What is hydrostatic testing on a fire extinguisher?

The dry chemical contents inside your fire extinguisher are kept under pressure over long periods of time, which can eventually cause damage to the extinguisher shell. To ensure the shell, hose, and nozzle have no defects, whether due to metal …

Why are there so many labels and tags on my fire extinguishers?

The labels and tags on your fire extinguishers serve a number of purposes (and are required by federal, state, and local laws). You should have the following labels on your extinguisher: Manufacturer’s label – this will tell you the class, …

What is the best type of fire extinguisher for sensitive electrical equipment?

There are a variety of fire extinguishers that work well in environments with sensitive electronic equipment. The best are water mist, Halotron I, and Cleanguard FE 36.

What kind of fire extinguisher do I need for a commercial kitchen?

Class K. Class K fire extinguishers use a special process called saponification to put out fires caused by fats and oils by basically turning them into soap. Whatever you do, make sure you never, ever put water on a flaming …

What are the maintenance requirements for my fire extinguishers?

Monthly inspection by the owner of the fire extinguisher Annual professional fire extinguisher inspection Internal (six-year) fire extinguisher maintenance (also referred to as tear down) Hydrostatic testing every 12 years (five years for vehicle-mounted and some others) Annual inspections, internal …

How can I tell if I need fire extinguisher recharge?

There are two simple ways to make sure your fire extinguishers are always properly charged. The first is by making sure you lift and shake your fire extinguishers once a month, and have all other necessary fire extinguisher maintenance. The …

Do I need to provide fire extinguisher training?

Yes. OSHA standards require that any workplace with fire extinguishers available for employee use must also provide an educational program for employees to familiarize themselves with the basics of using a fire extinguisher and the hazards associated with it.

How many fire extinguishers are required in my building?

Because building layouts are complicated and fire protection requirements are different, there are no perfect rules for determining how many extinguishers you should install in your building. Instead, just have a Kauffman Co. technician come out and take a look …

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