Frequently Asked Questions

When are you open?
Monday thru Friday, 8:00a.m to 5:00p.m.

Where are you located?
Main Office:  335 North 4th Ave., Tucson, Az. 85705
Branch Office: 125 West Gemini Suite E7, Tempe, AZ  85283

Do you have after-hours services?
Yes.  Around-the-clock (on a per hour basis)

Do you refill fire extinguishers?

Absolutely! We refill them every day. A routine on-the-spot refill
takes about 15-20 minutes. Naturally, there are some exceptions,
and many extinguishers on the market are not refillable. Please
feel free to call us if you have any questions. (520) 622-3639

How should I use a fire extinguisher?

Remember this easy code:

P - Pull the pin

A - Aim at the base of the fire

SSqueeze the lever

S - Sweep the powder from left to right.

Pull, 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:

A-Type: (Ordinary Combustibles): wood, paper, cloth,
             and trash

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
D-Type: (combustible 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?

ABC Dry Chemical

BC Dry Chemical

CO2

Water Chemical (Class K)

FFFP-Foam

Water Mist

AFFF

Purple-K

Cleanguard

FE 36

Pressure Water

Class-D

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 equipment?
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 work.

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 additional charge.

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 Class D.

Services

What kind of services do you perform?
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 and repairs.

Do you service emergency and exit lighting?
Of course. Please feel free to call us at any time to schedule services or ask questions.

What type of alarm do you service?
United Fire services alarms that are hooked up to a fire suppression system. i.e. Clean Agent (FM200�, Inergen�, Co2)

Fire Trucks

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 request.

Firefighter Equipment

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 Janesville Apparel.

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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