Fire Extinguisher Inspection
in Vancouver

For All Types of Fire Extinguisher Testing & Inspection

FIRE EXTINGUISHER INSPECTION

Protection from fire starts with making sure your fire extinguishers are ready to go. Extinguishers are the first line of defense and a valuable means of egress during an emergency. So, it is important that you are properly testing and inspecting each unit in your facility, and that's where Zenith comes in.

Fire Extinguisher Installation

The Absolute Best Maintenance and Service Your Fire Extinguishers Can Get.

Zenith is your complete source for Fire Extinguishers; Service, Inspection, Recharging and Hydrostatic Testing. With Zenith, you get Factory Trained and Certified Fire Extinguisher Technicians. Our expert technicians know and understand the NFPA 10, Vancouver bylaws and B.C. Fire Code section 6.2 to ensure your business is Fire Code compliant.

Annual Fire Extinguisher Maintenance and Service

To meet current Fire Codes your fire extinguishers must be inspected by certified and trained Fire Extinguisher Technicians at a minimum of once a year. At Zenith, we make sure your fire extinguishers are in proper working order and your business is in compliance with the local BC AHJ’s and fire codes.

Six Year Maintenance for Portable Fire Extinguishers

Maintenance Interval Requirements: Every Portable Fire Extinguisher per fire code shall be inspected monthly (this can be performed by one of your employees). Every Fire Extinguisher per code shall be have an Annual Maintenance and Service (performed by ASTT-certified fire protection technicians). Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers that require a 12-year hydrostatic test shall have maintenance performed every 6 years. This an internal and external examination of the cylinder.

12 Year and 5 Year Fire Extinguisher Hydrostatic Testing

Depending on what type of portable fire extinguisher you have, a 12-year or 5-year hydrostatic test shall be performed (per fire code). First, the fire extinguisher cylinder is inspected internally and externally. Second, the fire extinguisher cylinder is filled with water. Third, a pressure test is performed on the fire extinguisher cylinder to ensure that it does not leak or rupture.

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HOW THE SERVICE WORKS

A monthly “quick check” of the fire alarm system ensures its proper operation in between full annual tests. It includes:

  • All monthly inspection requirements
  • 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/seismic bracing

Although we will conduct monthly fire alarm inspections for you, we can train your on-site staff, free of charge, to conduct them. Training includes a complimentary binder of monthly report forms.

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Water and Foam

Water and Foam fire extinguishers extinguish the fire by taking away the heat element of the fire triangle. Foam agents also separate the oxygen element from the other elements. Water extinguishers are for Class A fires only - they should not be used on Class B or C fires. The discharge stream could spread the flammable liquid in a Class B fire or could create a shock hazard on a Class C fire.

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide fire extinguishers extinguish fire by taking away the oxygen element of the fire triangle and also be removing the heat with a very cold discharge.
Carbon dioxide can be used on Class B & C fires. They are usually ineffective on Class A fires.

Dry Chemical

Dry Chemical

Dry Chemical fire extinguishers extinguish the fire primarily by interrupting the chemical reaction of the fire triangle. Today's most widely used type of fire extinguisher is the multipurpose dry chemical that is effective on Class A, B, and C fires. This agent also works by creating a barrier between the oxygen element and the fuel element on Class A fires. Ordinary dry chemical is for Class B & C fires only. It is important to use the correct extinguisher for the type of fuel! Using the incorrect agent can allow the fire to re-ignite after apparently being extinguished successfully.

Wet Chemical

Wet Chemical

Wet Chemical is a new agent that extinguishes the fire by removing the heat of the fire triangle and prevents re-ignition by creating a barrier between the oxygen and fuel elements. Wet chemical of Class K extinguishers were developed for modern, high efficiency deep fat fryers in commercial cooking operations. Some may also be used on Class A fires in commercial kitchens.

Clean Agent

Clean Agent

Halogenated or Clean Agent extinguishers include the halon agents as well as the newer and less ozone depleting halocarbon agents. They extinguish the fire by interrupting the chemical reaction of the fire triangle. Clean agent extinguishers are primarily for Class B & C fires. Some larger clean agent extinguishers can be used on Class A, B, and C fires.

Dry Powder

Dry Powder

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Water Mist

Water Mist

Water Mist extinguishers are a recent development that extinguish the fire by taking away the heat element of the fire triangle. They are an alternative to the clean agent extinguishers where contamination is a concern.
Water mist extinguishers are primarily for Class A fires, although they are safe for use on Class C fires as well.

Cartridge Operated Dry Chemical

Cartridge Operated Dry Chemical

Cartridge Operated Dry Chemical fire extinguishers extinguish the fire primarily by interrupting the chemical reaction of the fire triangle. Like the stored pressure dry chemical extinguishers, the multipurpose dry chemical is effective on Class A, B, and C fires. This agent also works by creating a barrier between the oxygen element and the fuel element on Class A fires. Ordinary dry chemical is for Class B & C fires only. It is important to use the correct extinguisher for the type of fuel! Using the incorrect agent can allow the fire to re-ignite after apparently being extinguished successfully.

If you are interested in finding out more about the legislations or to discuss more about a maintenance plan to suit your property type: retail or commercial, public facing or high security; Zenith have your solution here, call us on 604-249-8896 or fill out an enquiry form on Contact Us page.
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