Our foremost concern is that our extinguishers work well for the safety of our employees and customers. Our next concern is probably that our extinguishers are in compliance with state fire code and fulfill any requirements demanded by our insurance company. This is why we must be sure the fire extinguisher sales and service company we use is qualified, licensed, and insured.
Just because a service company is licensed to provide some maintenance on certain extinguishers does not necessarily mean that provider is qualified to perform the required test on our particular extinguisher. For instance, an extinguisher provider may not be qualified to perform a hydrostatic test (usually required every twelve years) on a DOT approved extinguisher. To find out if a service company is qualified to hydro-test DOT specification fire extinguishers, just follow Appendix A link below to the DOT official site and check for that extinguisher company on the list for that company’s state.
We must be sure the extinguisher service companywe use is qualified, licensed, and insured
The next concern for most of us is cost. Calling to check prices may be more tricky than one expects. It seems some extinguisher companies are not straight forward in their pricing.They may say the six year internal examination or the twelve year hydro test will be some suspiciously low price and then charge several times that amount on an itemized bill. To make sure there is no hidden cost, we ask if the price they quote for testing or servicing the extinguisher includes all regular procedures and normal wear parts required for such maintenance. Also, ask business neighbors who services their extinguishers and if that service company appears honest in their charges. When comparing prices for extinguisher maintenance, compare bottom line to bottom line.
Another way to save money on fire equipment service is to use a local extinguisher provider/distributor. The closer the service company the less their travel expense. If they are willing to pass part of the savings on to the customer we all save money.
Here is another reason we recommend using a local provider; she is more likely to perform internal maintenance on your extinguishers at her service center instead of in a van or in the back of a truck. On the other hand, out of town extinguisher companies could not afford to transport your units needing 6 or 12 year maintenance back to their fully equipped shop where they have a complete inventory of parts, tools, and test equipment and then transport them back to you when the work was completed.
Finally, when deciding which service company to use let us not forget our first priority, protect life and property. A qualified and dependable fire equipment company can help us do that.