Fire Extinguishers – Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Marine Fire Fighting Equipment

Fire Extinguisher Equipment Servicing

A fire extinguisher is one of those objects that can be recognized anywhere in the world. The reason for that is because it saves lives and it is your first line of defense when fighting fires. Extinguishers come in all different types of shapes and sizes for just about every application for residential, commercial, industrial and marine.

Fire Extinguisher Inspection and Testing – BC Fire Code Compliance

Extinguishers are required to be inspected and tested at regular intervals as per the BC Fire Code. At Active fire we have certified ASTT technicians that provide the services required by the Code to keep your equipment operational and up to date.

ASTT Certified Technicians – Fire Extinguisher Servicing and Tracking

We take all of the worries out of your hands with our certified technicians and our equipment service tracking system. You will not miss an Annual Service Reminder.


How to Use a Fire Extinguisher – Multi Purpose, Dry Chemical

Below are the basic PASS rules in operating a multi purpose dry-chemical fire extinguisher, and in no means is considered accurate if not interpreted 100%

  1. PULL the pin
  2. AIM low pointing the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire
  3. SQUEEZE the handle This releases the extinguishing agent
  4. SWEEP from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the fire area. If fire breaks out again, repeat use of the extinguisher
  5. REPORT to fire department officer


Fire Extinguisher Yearly Maintenance – Hydrotesting as Per Manufacturer Specifications NFPA 10 (2007) (Excerpt)

Fire extinguishers shall be subjected to maintenance at intervals of not more than 1 year, or when specifically indicated by an inspection or electronic notification. Basic Fire extinguishers require a 6-Year service every sixth year from date of New or date of hydrotesting. Every 12 years from date of New or last hydrotest every basic fire extinguisher needs to be hydrotested as per manufacturers specifications. These test are crucial considering these fire extinguishers are pressure vessels.


Fire Extinguisher Internal Examination and Maintenance Intervals NFPA 10 (2007)

Fire extinguishers shall be internally examined at intervals not exceeding those specified in Table


Table Maintenance Involving Internal Examination
Extinguisher TypeInternal Examination Interval (years)

Stored-pressure loaded-stream and antifreeze1
Pump tank water and pump tank calcium chloride based1*
Dry chemical, cartridge and cylinder-operated with mild steel shells1*
Dry Powder, Cartridge and cylinder-operated with mild steel shells1
Wetting agent1
Stored-pressure water5
AFFF (aqueous film-forming foam)
FFFP (film-forming Fluor protein foam)
Stored-pressure dry chemical, with stainless steel shells5
Carbon dioxide5
Wet chemical5
Wet chemical5
Dry chemical stored-pressure, with mild steel shells, brazed brass shells, and aluminum shells6
Halogenated agents6
Dry powder, stored-pressure, with mild steel shells6

* Dry Chemical in cylinder-operated extinguishers is examined annually.

† The extinguishers agent in liquid charge-type AFFF and FFFP extinguishers is replaced every three years and internal examination (teardown) is normally conducted at that time. The agent is solid charge type AFFF extinguishers is replaced every 5 years during the periodic hydrostatic test and teardown is done at that time.

Contact us for your annual servicing or replacement to ensure compliance with BC Fire Code, BC Buidling Code & Vancouver Building By Law