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The Importance of Having a Working Fire Extinguisher

Are you a commercial owner who hasn’t checked their fire extinguisher lately? Consider taking a closer look at your fire extinguisher in order to check its current state. You should only be content with having the best fire extinguishers Columbus Ohio has to offer.

This topic is especially relevant now, that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled as many as over 40 million fire extinguishers used in both homes and vehicles, such as cars and boats. The recalled has been decided upon due to potential faultiness of 134 models of extinguishers manufactured by Kidde between 1973 and 15 August 2017, along with models already recalled in 2009 and 2015.

The extinguishers in question have been cited by the CPSC to become clogged or fail to discharge during fire prevention. Since they have been produced with plastic handles and push buttons, sometimes accidental excessive force can break the nozzles off and injure someone. This has already occurred many times, as there have been over 15 injuries, almost 100 reports of property damage, and as many as 400 other cases with partial or complete extinguisher malfunction.

One of the most famous cases is a fatal car crash in 2014, which took the life of a 22-year-old man from Pennsylvania. There were people on the spot who responded promptly by trying to put out the fire which occurred, but the attempts were unsuccessful due to extinguisher malfunction. The manufacturer in question was Kidde.

After many reports, the fire safety manufacturer has finally issued a recall and it has announced the list of faulty extinguishers. People who find a serial number on their unit matching one from the list should contact them so they can get a replacement which includes metal parts instead of plastic.

This case serves to show that you should be careful even when dealing with brand-name products. Fire extinguishers can be dangerous if not properly installed. Red Truck Fire & Safety Company offers a wide range of products by renowned brands. Our technicians are experts when it comes to choosing the right extinguisher depending on the layout of your property. This includes finding the best capacity and size you require and installing them properly.

Our portfolio includes many portable and wheeled fire extinguishers by famous brands such as Amerex and Badger, which are state-of-the-art. They are up to code and proven reliable in urgent situations, which means you won’t have to worry about jamming or malfunction.

In order to be certain everything is functioning properly with your extinguisher, you need to perform mandatory monthly visual inspections and tagging. Another requirement of the law is the annual maintenance and 5 and 12 years hydrostatic testing. Also, make sure the extinguisher is recharged after every single use.

Best fire extinguishers Columbus Ohio

If you are looking for the right extinguisher or have already picked one, but need to have it installed, call Red Truck Fire & Safety Company. We will make sure everything is placed properly and safely. Also, we perform several kinds of inspection and maintenance services for your fire safety needs.

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