Tacoma, Washington Fire Extinguishers
Portable, wheeled or fixed unit fire extinguishers are an invaluable tool that every occupied building should install and properly service aiding in the containment, suppression or extinguishing of small fires in Tacoma, Washington.
Fire Extinguisher Refill & Recharge
Fire Extinguisher Service in Tacoma, Washington
Refilling & Recharge Fire Extinguisher in Tacoma, Washington
There are a few reasons portable, fixed or wheeled fire extinguishers would need refill and recharge service performed by qualified, certified and actively licensed fire extinguisher companies in Tacoma, Washington.
Why Refill and Recharge a Fire Extinguisher
- The fire extinguisher was recently discharged
- The fire extinguisher has been damaged, faulty or missing parts
- The fire extinguisher cylinder is losing pressure
- The fire extinguisher is losing weight
- The fire extinguisher requires hydrostatic testing
RECHARGE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS IMMEDIATELY AFTER ANY USE
Fire Extinguisher Service, Maintenance & Use
USFA & FEMA
- As a general rule, firefighting should be left to the fire department.
- Only adults who know how to use portable fire extinguishers should use them.
- Before trying to fight a fire, make sure that everyone is leaving the house, someone is calling 9-1-1, the extinguisher is mounted on the wall close to your way out, the fire is not bigger than a small wastepaper can and you can get out.
- Inspect portable extinguishers monthly and have them serviced annually.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
- As a general rule, portable fire extinguishers for the home should have a rating of at least 2-A:10-B:C.
Refilling a fire extinguisher in Tacoma, Washington
The refill and recharge of installed fire extinguishers may be required if any fire extinguisher was discharged, if there is damage to the fire extinguisher cylinders, collars, valve stems, o-rings & valve assemblies or if hydrostatic testing is needed.
Physical, visual and possibly mechanical tests should be performed by factory trained, qualified, certified and actively licensed fire extinguisher companies in Tacoma, Washington to ensure fire extinguisher is fully operational.
Excerpt to Aid in Understanding the Annual Maintenance & Inspection of Fire Extinguishers.
Below is a typical service procedure that should be completed by a factory trained and qualified fire extinguisher company in Tacoma, Washington for an Amerex Brand Fire Extinguisher No. 05602.
(Amerex Owners Manual# 05602, Stored Pressure Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers)
||Clean extinguisher to remove dirt, grease or foreign material. Check to make sure that the
instruction nameplate is securely attached and legible. Inspect the cylinders for corrosion,
abrasion, dents or weld damage. If any damage is found, hydrostatically test in accordance with
instructions in CGA C-1 and C-6 and NFPA 10.
||Inspect the extinguisher for damaged, missing or substitute parts. Only factory replacement parts are approved for use on Amerex fire extinguishers.
||Weigh the extinguisher and compare with weight printed in the "Maintenance" section on the nameplate (label). Recharge extinguisher if weight is not within indicated allowable tolerances.
||Check the date of manufacture printed on the extinguisher label (nameplate) or on the agent cylinder dome. The agent cylinder must be hydrostatically tested every 12 years to the test pressure indicated on the nameplate.
||Visually inspect the pressure gauge:
- If bent, damaged or improper gauge, depressurize and replace
- If pressure is low, check for leaks
- If over pressurized (overcharged), depressurize the extinguisher and follow recharge instructions.
||Check ring pin for freedom of movement. Replace if bent or if removal appears difficult.
||Inspect discharge lever for any dirt or corrosion which might impair freedom of movement. Inspect carrying handle for proper installation. If lever, handle or rivets are damaged replace with proper Amerex part(s).
||Install new tamper seal if broken and record service data on the extinguisher inspection tag.
||Remove nozzle or hose and horn assembly and visually inspect inside valve body. (Chemical in the valve body may indicate that the extinguisher has been partially discharged and should therefore be recharged). Inspect nozzle or the hose & horn assembly for damage – replace as necessary. Blow air through nozzle or hose and horn to insure passage is clear of foreign material.
||Inspect the valve assembly for corrosion or damage to hose thread connection. Replace valve assembly or component parts as necessary following the proper depressurization and recharge procedures. If valve removal is necessary, complete all steps in the Recharge Procedure.
||Install nozzle or hose and horn assembly.
||Replace the extinguisher on the wall hanger or in the vehicle bracket making sure that it fits the bracket properly and the bracket is securely attached – replace the bracket if necessary.