Pressurized fire extinguishing appliances require regular checks and possible re-filling to keep them in a ready state to be used in the case of a fire. When gas cylinder appliances are maintained properly, you need to be 100% certain they will work properly in the case of a fire incident because there is zero room for error. Once a gas cylinder appliance has been used, even slightly, only authorized professionals should be refilling the cylinders.
Fire Protection System Maintenance
Establishing a reliable and professional relationship with a licensed fire system maintenance provider is itself, an integral part to a properly functioning system. Recharging and refilling gas cylinder appliances, such as a dry chemical fire extinguisher, should be analyzed and tested to ensure they're ready for action if circumstances dictate so. Cartridge powders should be opened and checked annually by agitating and inspecting its condition. However, refilling and servicing dry chemical fire extinguishers requires a powder suction machine with refill capability and should be taken care of by a licensed and trained professional. Unfortunately, dry powder extinguisher service and testing services may be hard to come by. Nevertheless, fire extinguisher maintenance should occur at least once a year to adhere to the NFPA 10 standard.
The maintenance procedure involves checking the extinguisher for corrosion and discharge. Your qualified engineer should be familiar with the specific brand of your extinguisher and any specific instructions and recommendations to service and recharge it.
A fire extinguisher found to be faulty should be removed from service and replaced. Onsite service is especially helpful for the discovery and maintenance of broken, leaking, systems. When establishing the initial relationship, you'll also want to ensure your provider suppliers the gasses and chemicals your system requires, whether it's Dry Chem, CO2, Novec 1230 or FM200. You should know who manufactures your equipment, the size of the cylinder, how much gas it holds, how old the cylinder is, as well as the last time a pressure test was performed.
Selecting a Professional Maintenance Service for Your Clean Agent Refilling
When choosing a professional maintenance service for your fire protection system, you'll want to select a company with UL (accredited standards developer) and the ULC (developer and publisher or specifications for products involved with fire safety) certifications, with a listed clean agent refilling and recycling facility.
It's also beneficial for your provider to offer 24-hour emergency response for cylinder refilling and recharging. Lastly, a combination of maintenance services is ideal, including clean agent refilling and recovery, inert gas filling, dry powder extinguisher service and testing, CO2 cylinder filling, and cylinder testing and maintenance. Doing so keeps your entire fire system protected and in compliance, without any service delays that could put your property at risk.
Ensuring your gas cylinder fire suppression appliances are prepped and ready for action goes a long way in making sure you can act quickly and effectively when duty calls.