How should I
use a fire extinguisher?
Remember this easy
- Pull the pin
Aim at the base of the fire
� Squeeze the lever
- Sweep the powder from left to right.
Aim, Squeeze and Sweep!
What kind of chemical is in
a fire extinguisher?
Different types have different chemicals. ABC Dry Chemical is the most
common multi-purpose fire extinguisher. These are the ratings:
(Ordinary Combustibles): wood, paper, cloth,
B-Type: (Flammable Liquids);
gasoline, oil and paint
C-Type: (Safe for Use on
Energized Electrical Fires)
Can be used
without danger of shock or electrocution
metals such as magnesium,
potassium and powdered aluminum)
K-Type: (cooking media
such as oils and fats)
What are the
different types of fire extinguishers?
BC Dry Chemical
Water Chemical (Class
What kind of maintenance is
needed on my fire extinguisher?
As with all life-saving devices, a fire
extinguisher should be properly maintained. National Fire Code requires the
following for most types of extinguishers: annual inspection, refill and
service every 6 years, refill and hydro test every 12 years.
Why do I need to service my fire
It is required to properly maintain the fire
equipment per NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) As a customer you want
your fire equipment in good condition so that when it is called upon it will
Hydro testing and CO2 tanks
Do you refill CO2 tanks?
Yes, we refill CO2 fire extinguishers and cylinders at our Tucson location.
Pickup and delivery is available. CO2 cylinders are commonly used to carbonate
or push beverages. Co2 fire extinguishers only carry a UL listing for B
(flammable liquids) or C (energized electrical) fires.
What is a hydro test?
A hydrostatic (or hydro) test includes a
detailed visual inspection of the interior and exterior of your cylinder. The
cylinder is also water-pressure tested to 5/3 of the rated pressure - thus
ensuring its integrity.
How long does a hydro test take?
Due to the nature of the hydro test, it
generally takes 3-5 business days. Next-day service is available at an
What kind of tanks do you fill?
United Fire fills C02, ABC, BC, breathing
air, SCOTT, MSA tanks, nitrogen, Halon, clean agents, Intergen, FE36, Water
Chemical (Class K), FFFP Foam, Water Mist, AFFF, Purple K, Pressure Water and
What kind of services do you
United Fire provides multiple services for
our customers. As you already know, we service fire extinguishers, and we hydro
test almost any kind of tank. We service MSA breathing apparatus, Hurst rescue
tool and Bauer breathing air compressors. United Fire has a highly trained staff
to perform commercial kitchen hood installations, inspections, and repairs.
United Fire technicians service your commercial sprinkler system for inspections
Do you service emergency and exit
Of course. Please feel free to call us at any
time to schedule services or ask questions.
What type of alarm do you
United Fire services alarms that are hooked
up to a fire suppression system. i.e. Clean Agent (FM200�, Inergen�, Co2)
Do you service fire trucks?
Our truck maintenance department does repair
Monday thru Friday 7:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Repair financing is available upon
Do you sell turnout gear?
United Fire sells many types of turnout gear
for fire departments all over the state. United Fire specializes in Lion or
Do you repair turnout gear?
Yes. If you are in need of repairs please
contact your sales representative or your nearest United Fire location.
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