Houston Fire Extinguisher Services
When your fire extinguisher fails, a small fire can quickly escalate into a devastating tragedy for your building or property. Having regular fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance is essential to being prepared for any fire emergency, whether large or small.
No matter what kind of business or home you have, fire extinguishers are your first line of defense when it comes to a fire emergency. If you are located in Houston, Texas, or the Greater Gulf Coast area and want to make sure your fire extinguishers are in working condition, contact Kauffman Co. today! We offer a variety of fire extinguisher services, including:
- Fire extinguisher sales
- Replacement fire extinguishers
- Bulk fire extinguisher sales
- Fire extinguisher inspection and testing
- Fire extinguisher recharge
- Fire extinguisher refills
- 24/7 emergency services
Fire Extinguisher Installation & Replacement Services in Houston
The most important part of having fire extinguishers as a line of defense in a fire emergency is actually having them. Our licensed technicians can outfit your home or commercial building with the proper fire extinguishers that will keep you safe. Our pros are able to determine which fire extinguishers are best and where they should be located throughout your floor plan.
The different classifications are:
- Class A – wood, cloth, paper, plastic, etc.
- Class B – flammable liquids like gasoline
- Class C – electrical fires for wiring and appliances
- Class D – flammable metals (usually found in laboratories)
- Class K – kitchen fires (grease, hot oils, etc.)
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Houston’s Leading Fire Extinguisher Inspection & Testing Services
Fire extinguishers must be inspected, tested, and tagged annually to ensure they’ll protect your family or your co-workers in case of a fire emergency. Far too often, people purchase fire extinguishers, mount the fire extinguishers on the wall, and then leave them there without ever thinking about them. Fire extinguishers should be tested and inspected on an annual basis to ensure they are qualified to protect you in a fire emergency.
Are you located in the Houston area and are unsure whether your fire extinguishers are up to national and local safety requirements? Contact Kauffman Co. today to schedule an appointment to test and inspect your fire extinguishers!
Portable Fire Extinguisher Recharge & Refill Service
In order to ensure your fire extinguishers will be able to keep you protected at all times, you will need to schedule fire extinguisher recharge as soon as possible after each use. It doesn’t matter if you used the whole can or just a tiny bit — even a few lost milliseconds of pressure or extinguishant could mean the difference between an easily contained fire or an out-of-control fire the next time you have to use your extinguisher.
24-Hour Emergency Fire Extinguisher Service
At Kauffman Co., we know how important it is to protect your family, your co-workers, and yourself from fires. We provide 24/7 emergency fire extinguisher service to ensure your home, office, or facility is fully protected all day, every day. Call us now if you need emergency fire extinguisher service, so you will always have working fire extinguishers on hand.
Whether you need to schedule an annual fire extinguisher inspection or drop by our office for an immediate recharge or refill of your fire extinguishers, contact Kauffman Co. today! If you are not sure when you should schedule your next fire extinguisher inspection, maintenance, or test, we’ll be glad to help you. Our family-owned fire protection company can service your fire extinguishers to ensure you’ll always be protected in the event of a fire emergency.
Fire Extinguisher FAQs
How do I use a fire extinguisher?
While you should familiarize yourself with the specifics of the model you have, most fire extinguishers are used, according to PASS: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle at the fire, Squeeze the handle to spray, Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it goes out. Watch closely and repeat aim, squeeze, and sweep if the fire reignites.
Can fire extinguishers expire?
Yes! While most don’t come with an expiration date printed anywhere, manufacturers usually give life span estimates of five to 15 years. Different types will have different life spans, and some may last exceptionally long or go off early. For this reason, annual testing is recommended. Your extinguisher may have inspection information on a tag already.
Are fire extinguishers toxic?
It depends on what type of fire extinguisher you’re using and what sort of exposure you’re facing. You probably don’t want to breathe in a lungful of any fire extinguisher chemicals if you can possibly avoid it, but a standard ABC extinguisher’s contents will typically cause mild irritation at worst, even with heavy exposure. Class K wet chemical extinguishers, on the other hand, can contain much more toxic chemical components, and any direct exposure should be taken seriously.
How should fire extinguishers be stored?
There are a few rules of thumb — and, in some cases, legal guidelines — that should inform you of the best places to store your fire extinguishers. First, consider what type of fire extinguisher it is and what you might be using it for. Then, consider how far away it may be from any potential fire hazard or area; you want it easily accessible as quickly as possible, but you don’t want it to be so close that it gets caught in the fire you need it for and turned useless (or into another hazard). Some locations will have legal requirements for how far away in time or space a fire extinguisher can be from any given point.
Can you recharge my fire extinguisher?
A fire extinguisher that can be recharged and matches standard chemicals should be able to be recharged by any reputable fire equipment dealer, including us. If you’re not sure whether yours is rechargeable, or if you’re worried it’s some sort of specialist unit that requires attention from a specific manufacturer, just contact us. We’ll be happy to help you figure it out.
Can a fire extinguisher explode?
Defective or heavily damaged fire extinguishers have been known to explode, making it especially important that you get your extinguishers inspected regularly and take care if one is damaged to replace it. A fire extinguisher that gets caught in a fire may also become a hazard as its contents become heated and expand. Many have release valves to protect against this exact scenario, but this is another important reason to be thoughtful in where your store your fire extinguishers and to ask promptly to retrieve them when necessary.
How do I dispose of a fire extinguisher after it has been used?
You have two options for disposing of a fire extinguisher that cannot be reused: Pass it off to your local Household Hazardous Waste collection program or similar agency if one is in your area, or completely discharge the canister into an open area, leave it for a few days, then dispose of it as regular trash.
Can a fire extinguisher be reused?
It depends on the type of fire extinguisher. While some are designed to be used once and never again, others may be rechargeable but only if they remain within code. You can contact us to find out whether your fire extinguisher is reusable or not. Be alert, this does not mean you can test fire a fire extinguisher; the vast majority will lose all charge after one use, and even those that do not are less effective if not fully charged.
Why do I need to have my fire extinguisher inspected?
Fire extinguishers expire if left too long, can lose pressure in any number of ways, may have mechanical faults that would prevent operations, or can fall out of code over time. An inspection will catch these problems and any others, allowing you to be sure that you won’t be left holding a dud in the event of a fire.