Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it necessary to have my equipment inspected according to NFPA Standards?

First, by maintaining your equipment according to NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), you will be properly prepared to respond to an emergency or crisis.  Standards are created to ensure equipment will operate properly in the event of an emergency.  By following the inspection Standards in NFPA, your facility is better prepared for the unexpected.

Secondly, your local AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) typically requires your facility meet the NFPA Standards with respect to fire equipment maintenance.  If you have an inspection from a fire marshal or building inspector, and have not followed those Standards, you may be subject to a fine.

Finally, by not properly maintaining your equipment, you may be subject to higher premiums from your insurance agent.

How often do I need to have my equipment inspected?

NFPA sets different inspection requirements for each type of system.  For example, Portable Fire Extinguishers are required to be inspected monthly by an individual and annually by a certified technician.  Please contact us for the exact inspection requirements for each type of system.

How long does a fire extinguisher last? Can they “go bad”?

This is the most often asked question. A fire extinguisher does not have an expiration date. That being said, an extinguisher can become obsolete.   Aside from changes in the NFPA codes, extinguishers that show signs of rust, dents or having been tampered with would be best inspected by a certified technician. Also the pressure gauge of the extinguisher should always read in the green. If the dial is into the red of either side of the green, the extinguisher should be serviced by a certified technician to ensure the extinguisher will function properly.

How much equipment do I need?

Each facility is different.  Contact one of our knowledgeable representatives to build your personalized fire and safety solution.

Whose job is it to put out a fire if one starts in my building?

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These inspections seem invasive. Why should I feel comfortable with technicians coming into my business?

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Why are my invoices so different every year?

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How do I know what service I need and make sure it’s actually getting done right?

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How do I know my facility is up to code?

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Am I in your service area?

While we are located in the Pittsburgh region, we service clients in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Please call our office to determine if PFE can service your facility.

Could my facility be grandfathered in or exempt?

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Why are my extinguishers required to have a 6 Year Maintenance?

See page 10-16, 7.3.6 Six-Year Internal Examination of Certain Types of Extinguishers here.

Why are my extinguishers required to have a 12 Year Hydrostatic Test?

See NFPA 17 here.

How many fire extinguishers am I required to have?

All facilities are different. One must take into account the types of hazards that may be in the location. While an office building may not have several types of fire hazards, there could be electrical closets, data/IT closets, or elevator equipment rooms that  pose potential hazards and could require additional fire protection other than what is prescribed by the code.

Page 10-13, Fire Extinguisher Size and Placement for Class A Hazards, Page 10-13, Fire Extinguisher Size and Placement for Class A Hazards, 10-14, 6.4 Installations for Class C Hazards, 10-14, 6.5 Installations for Class D Hazards, 10-14 6.6 Installations for Class K Hazards.