Fire and Safety Equipment

Formerly Cox Fire & Safety

Serving East Texas & West Louisiana

1400 S Washington Ave, Marshall, TX 75670

(903) 935-2668

24-7 Emergency Services

Service & Maintenance of Equipment

We take the worry away from you so you don’t have to be concerned that your fire extinguishers may be non-compliant, You will have a Safety Technician assigned to you that will provide monitoring tailored to meet your business needs; including company, contact person, number and types of fire extinguishers – locations of each unit, past service history, and future service due dates.

Learn more about what Fire and Safety Equipment offers on our extended Fire Extinguishers Information Page.

Fire Extinguisher Frequently Asked Questions

What maintenance should be done to my fire extinguisher ?

Inspect fire extinguishers at least once a month. Sometimes environments require inspecting more often.

Fire extinguisher maintenance is very important for life safety.

You must ensure that:

– The extinguisher is not blocked by equipment, coats or other objects that could interfere with access in an emergency.

– The pressure is at the recommended level. On extinguishers equipped with a gauge (such as that shown on the right), the needle should be in the green zone not too high and not too low.

– The nozzle or other parts are not hindered in any way.

– The pin and tamper seal (if it has one) are intact.

– There are no dents, leaks, rust, chemical deposits and/or other signs of abuse/wear. Wipe off any corrosive chemicals, oil, gunk etc. that may have deposited on the extinguisher.

– Some manufacturers recommend shaking your dry chemical extinguishers once a month to prevent the powder from settling/packing.

If the extinguisher is damaged or needs recharging, replace it immediately!

Who should service and maintain our fire extinguishers?

A State Licensed fire extinguisher company like Fire and Safety Equipment call us at 903-693-8292 or 903-935-2668

Maintenance and servicing of fire extinguishers should be performed by a licensed and insured fire extinguisher servicing company that has the proper tools, training, recharge materials, lubricants, and manufacturer’s servicing instructions, and replacement parts.

How often should my fire extinguishers be checked?

Monthly – Quick check to ensure that the fire extinguisher is in the designated place with no obstruction to access or visibility, and that the pressure gauge indicator is in the operable range.

Annually – A thorough examination of the basic elements of the fire extinguisher performed by a trained person who has undergone the necessary instructions and has the manufacturer’s service manual. All commercial
operations are required to have this service preformed annually by law.

What is the annual maintenance procedure for a fire extinguisher?

– Locate the fire extinguisher: check for access to, visibility, and locator sign. The extinguisher shall not be obstructed. Examine the bracket stability, extinguisher height and that the proper unit is located for the hazard area.

– Remove the fire extinguisher from the bracket: check hydro-static test date, six year maintenance date (dry chemical) and general condition of the cylinder and band. The operating instructions on the extinguisher name plate shall be legible and face outwards.

– Weigh the cylinder, check the gauge, remove the safety pin and tamper seal. Inspect handles for proper operation. Reinsert the safety pin with a new seal.

– Remove hose, horn or nozzle. Check for obstructions, wear and proper operation. Reassemble all equipment.

– A conductivity test shall be conducted on all carbon dioxide hose assemblies. Hose assemblies found to be non-conductive shall be replaced.

– Thoroughly clean all equipment, replace worn labels and attach new annual NFPA-10 inspection tag.

– Re-install unit on bracket back to service.

– When an inspection reveals that tampering has occurred or the unit is due for extended maintenance, the unit must be taken out of service. A spare fire extinguisher suitable for the hazard being protected of equal or greater rating shall be left.

– What is a hydro-static test?

Pressure testing of a fire extinguisher to verify its strength against unwanted rupture performed by a facility that is approved by the D.O.T. to requalify cylinders.

How often is a hydro-static test required? 

Dry Chemical 12 years

Water, AFF, FFFP 5 years

Halogenated Agent 12 years

Carbon Dioxide 5 years

What is a six-year maintenance?

An internal examination of an emptied dry chemical fire extinguisher to check for corrosion and any interior problems. Extinguishers that pass the six year maintenance are then recharged, reassembled, and receive a six year service label and a verification of service collar.