Reliable Fire Extinguisher Company
Telephone : 800-784-2480
Fax : 650-368-7359
How often am I required to have my Fire
All Fire Extinguishers need to be serviced every 12 months or after use. If the
Extinguisher is leaking, it needs to be serviced immediately. Every month or
sooner the Fire Extinguisher should be inspected and noted on service tag by the
owner of the property or authorized agent.
What are the Classification and rating of
Choose the right Fire Extinguisher for the classification of fire it should
- Class A: Wood, paper, rubber and
- Class B: Flammable liquids, oils
and petroleum grease fires.
- Class C: Electrical equipment
- Class D: Metal fires.
- Class K: Cooking media (vegetable
or animal oils and fats.
Some extinguishers are mutli purpose, those
extinguishers are capable of extinguishing more then one class of fire, like:
A.B.C. type extinguisher or B.C. type extinguisher.
What is a Hydrostatic Test and how often is
A Hydrostatic Test is a pressure test that almost all cylinders and tanks must
pass in order to comply with State Laws and Regulations. Some Fire Extinguisher
cylinders are D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) type, and some are not. If
the cylinder is a D.O.T. type, it must pass a Hydrostatic Test only by a company
that is certified for it.
Most Fire Extinguishers need to pass a Hydrostatic Test every twelve years, or
when they have any evidence of damage or corrosion.
Some Fire Extinguishers must pass a Hydrostatic Test every five years, like
those filled with liquid (Water or Wet Chemical) and those installed in
vehicles. (State Fire Marshal, California Code of Regulation, Title 19, 575.1).
Every six years, a Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher that requires a twelve year
hydrostatic test should be discharged as well as a Halogenated (Halon 1211)
Extinguisher. Both are subject to be serviced. (State Fire Marshal, California Code
of Regulation, Title 19, 575.4).
Where should I install my Fire
Fire Extinguishers should be installed up to five feet from the floor and no
less then four inches from the floor. The travel distance varies, but in no case
more then 75 feet. The best locations are exits; it should be installed in an
accessible place that can be reached easily. A post sign should be above the
Fire Extinguisher to indicate its location to the public.