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.
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.
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.
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%
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 extinguishers shall be internally examined at intervals not exceeding those specified in Table 188.8.131.52.2
Table 184.108.40.206.2 Maintenance Involving Internal Examination
Extinguisher TypeInternal Examination Interval (years)
|Stored-pressure loaded-stream and antifreeze||1|
|Pump tank water and pump tank calcium chloride based||1*|
|Dry chemical, cartridge and cylinder-operated with mild steel shells||1*|
|Dry Powder, Cartridge and cylinder-operated with mild steel shells||1|
|AFFF (aqueous film-forming foam)||†|
|FFFP (film-forming Fluor protein foam)||†|
|Stored-pressure dry chemical, with stainless steel shells||5|
|Dry chemical stored-pressure, with mild steel shells, brazed brass shells, and aluminum shells||6|
|Dry powder, stored-pressure, with mild steel shells||6|
* 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.
Automatic fire extinguishers act quickly to stop fires before they can spread and damage building and assets. They are self-contained and completely automatic, with discharge times of 10 seconds or less. They require no external power source or connections, so they can be installed or moved easily to provide round the clock fire protection in almost any space.
• 24/7 unattended fire protection
• Easy installation and maintenance
• Entirely self-contained – no external connections required
• Approved for use in occupied spaces
• ULC listed
• Accepted by the Canadian Coast Guard
• Suitable for Class A, B, & C hazards
• No residue – safe around sensitive equipment
• Optional manual operation
Automatic fire extinguishers provide fire protection for applications where sprinkler or suppression systems are prohibitively expensive or are impractical, where electricity is either unavailable or unreliable, and for mobile spaces, such as boats and recreational vehicles, to provide unattended, 24/7 fire protection.
Contact us for your annual servicing or replacement to ensure compliance with BC Fire Code, BC Buidling Code & Vancouver Building By Law