Fire Extinguisher Inspections

Fire safety regulations vary depending on type of business, but inspectors perform four basic safety checks: Suppression, Electrical Checks, Flammables, and Fire Exits. The below will give you a broad overview of how to keep yourself both legal and safe – these are, after all, not just annoying codes but fire protection tips. Note that fire codes are state-specific; you should be able to find your statutes on your state’s website. Piper Fire Protection serves clients in the greater Tampa Bay area, including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Sarasota and Tampa, Florida.


What Do Fire Marshals Look for During Suppression Inspections?

If a fire starts, what are the systems you have in place to stop it or slow its pace long enough for the fire department to arrive and for full evacuation? Fire extinguishers should be evenly distributed throughout your building and should be fully operative when tested. Sprinklers or hood systems will be checked as well, if you have either of these installed.


What Kind of Inspection Do You Need?

Commercial fire extinguishers (Class A, B and C) require the following inspections by a licensed fire protection company:

Annual Inspection

We ensure that your cylinder is maintaining the proper pressure, full of the required amount of extinguishing agent, and that all external parts are in working order.

6 Year Maintenance

We remove all of the contents of your extinguisher. All of the components are disassembled, cleaned, lubricated, and replaced if found to be defective. Extinguishers are then re-filled and recharged.

12 Year Maintenance

We perform all of the requirements of a 6 year inspection as well as perform a hydrostatic test of the cylinder. Hydrostatic testing is an expansion test to ensure that your extinguisher can safely hold pressure.


Extinguishers manufactured before 1985 are condemned and should be replaced.

For extinguishers manufactured in 1985 and after, there is no expiration date, as long as the cylinder passes the 12 year expansion test.


Fire Extinguisher Services Near You!

We are happy to provide service, perform an inspection, repair or even install suppression systems and fire extinguishers for you! If you’re interested in receiving a free estimate for our services or just have questions regarding the topic of fire extinguishers, please call us either at our Clearwater, FL location (1-800-327-7604) or Sarasota, FL location (941-377-2100). We look forward to hearing from you and helping service all of your fire and life safety needs!


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