- Fire Extinguishers
SERVING PORTLAND OR | BEAVERTON OR | VANCOUVER WA | HOOD RIVER OR
Every business structure that is or may be occupied by employees, patients, customers, or the public will have a requirement for the installation and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.
The building construction and the materials and machinery inside of it determines the type of portable fire extinguishers needed for that space. A hotel kitchen will have different solutions than an industrial metal shop or a car painting company. They not only extinguish flames that may unexpectedly erupt, they are also be necessary by law and for insurance purposes.
Besides choosing the correct types, the fire extinguisher service must be regularly scheduled and thorough to ensure proper operation in the case of an emergency. All these decisions and services are handled with expert care by Metro Safety & Fire, Inc.
The first Authorities Having Jurisdiction are the Insurance Carrier and the Local Fire Marshal.
- Oregon Fire Code (OFC)
- Washington State Fire Code
- Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) & Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS)
- Washington Administrative Code (WAC)
- Oregon Occupational Safety & Health (OR-OSHA)
- Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act (WISHA)
- Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
- Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Fire Extinguisher Installation
Specific requirements for the installation of portable fire extinguishers will be determined by the codes adopted by the Authorities Having Jurisdiction.
The portable fire extinguisher is to be vertically mounted using the approved mounting bracket, or in an approved cabinet.
Placement is generally in the path of egress (on the way out of the building). The extinguisher must be readily accessible and visible or clearly marked with signs.
Inspection, Testing, Maintenance, and Recharging
After a fire extinguisher is installed in a fire code required location, it cannot simply be left alone for months or years just waiting for a fire. The state or local municipality requires specifically scheduled inspections and testing. These could coincide with insurance requirements as well.
Fire extinguisher recharge operations may also be necessary if it has been sitting unused for a while and the pressure has dropped, or if the extinguisher was used to suppress a recent fire. The convenient gauge at the top, near the handle and hose, indicates the appropriate amount of pressure to expel the water, CO2, foam, gas or chemical in the cylinder. If it is anything less than full, contact professionals to have it recharged immediately. When a portable fire extinguisher is required, a schedule of inspections, test and maintenance is also required.
Common services needed include:
- Monthly Inspection can be performed by the owner or a designee.
- Annual Maintenance is performed by a certified technician.
- Periodic Internal Maintenance (6-yr) is performed by a certified technician.
- Recharge after use is performed by a certified technician.
- Hydrostatic Test (5 or 12-yr) is performed at a DOT certified shop.
- At Location Service - service company comes to site and performs work.
- Walk In Services - owner brings fire extinguishers to DOT certified shop for service while you wait.
Walk in Services
For your convenience we offer our Swap Out service for stored pressure dry chemical portable fire extinguishers. We have a supply of like units that are freshly tested and recharged that we exchange for your expired unit. In and out, no return needed!
Our shop is DOT certified and our technicians are Portland/ICC certified.
Why Choose Metro Safety & Fire, Inc. for Fire Extinguisher Services
Metro Safety & Fire, Inc. has been providing portable fire extinguisher services to the greater Portland/Vancouver area since 1983. Our service region includes most of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.
Our owner/employees are committed to providing the best quality fire equipment products and services. All technicians must pass our thorough training programs prior to becoming a certified field service technician. Every year our technicians complete continuing education/training to advance their expertise. Metro employees are active in the fire equipment industry, trade associations, code councils, and manufacturer relationships.
The fire equipment that we sell is top of the line. The service we perform is also top of the line. Our long-term commitment to this industry and the pride we take in proper product selection, installation, and maintenance is something we share with every client.