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Fire Extinguisher Clearwater

Home and business safety starts with getting your fire extinguishers inspected, tested, and refilled, if necessary.

A fire extinguisher is your first line of defense against fire. Whether it’s for fire protection in your office, fire extinguishers in your apartment buildings, or as safety equipment in a hotel or conference space, a fire extinguisher has to work the first time every time.

Don’t trust your staff’s and guests’ safety to just anyone. Choose All Florida Fire Equipment Co., your locally-owned and operated fire safety company.

About Fire Extinguisher Service in Clearwater

All Florida Fire Equipment Co. is only local solution to fire protection. We’ve been protecting Floridians for over 20 years.

Our technicians will:

  • Verify that there is a fire extinguisher within 75 feet of every point in the building
  • Make sure that there’s an extinguisher within 30 feet of cooking equipment
  • Ensure that the extinguisher is easily visible and not blocked
  • Make sure that the right type of extinguisher is in your business: Water, AFFF foam, Carbon dioxide (CO2), ABC powder, water mist, or wet chemical.
  • Check the pressure to make certain that the extinguisher is fully charged.
  • Make sure the hose is intact, the pin is in, and the tamper seal is unbroken.
  • Look for signs of use, wear, damage, or any modifications

We’re a family-owned and operated business and we’re your neighbors. We trust our family’s lives to the extinguishers and equipment we install, maintain, and inspect, so you can too.

Complete Fire Safety Services - Clearwater

All Florida Fire Equipment Co. offers complete fire safety services from new installation to updates and repairs.

  • Fire suppression equipment installation, maintenance, repair, and inspection
  • Fire extinguisher inspections and repair, including refills
  • Walk-in Co2 refills and fire extinguisher inspections.
  • Fire extinguisher cabinet installation
  • Emergency light installation, repair, and inspection

“Fire extinguisher inspection service near me”

When you ask Google to help you find a fire extinguisher inspection company near you, you might end up with people who have no idea what they’re doing.

There are a lot of “fly by night” companies that get into the fire suppression business. They figure it’s easy; they can do the installation and be done.

We take our job seriously. Lives depend on whether our installations are 100% perfect. There’s no room for error if a fire breaks out.

Let All Florida Fire Equipment Co. do your fire suppression equipment installs, maintenance, repairs, and inspections.

“Over 30% of all portable fire extinguishers are not in excellent working condition!”

What you need to know about fire extinguisher inspections?

It often seems like a simple thing and doing the inspection doesn’t take long, but not getting it done an annual basis can be VERY expensive.

  1. Legally required -  In most municipalities and counties, all fire suppression equipment, especially fire extinguishers, need to be inspected and certified every year. If you don’t, you’re subject to fines. If the fines build up and nothing is done, the fire marshal can shut down your business or close your apartment building leasing office.
  2. Insurance requirements - All commercial insurance includes a provision for fire suppression equipment. If those requirements, including inspections, are not met, it can void your insurance policy. If you've had a fire and a fire extinguisher didn’t work, the insurance company will check to see if you had it inspected. If you didn’t, your entire insurance payout might be forfeit.
  3. Be safe - If you own a business, whether it’s just a few people or a vast arena, a retail store or an apartment building, there are lives at stake based on your decisions regarding your fire suppression equipment. No one needs the burden of guilt that goes along with cutting corners that sacrifices lives. Plus, the lives you endanger might be people you love!

Every year, billions of dollars in property damage and tens of thousands of lives are saved because someone was able to put out a fire with a fire extinguisher before it spread.

Levels of Fire Service from All Florida Fire Equipment Co.

We offer multiple levels of service based on the needs and regulations of your business and your area.

Monthly inspections - In areas with a lot of dust, traffic, or high fire risk, you should consider having an All Florida Fire Equipment Co. inspection every month. Our technicians will come out and inspect extinguishers, hoses, and all other fire equipment, clean it off, and ensure that it’s ready in case it’s needed.

Annual maintenance - Nearly every city, county, and the state requires annual inspections of fire equipment in any public space. All Florida Fire Equipment Co. can come out to your location, do the inspection, switch out any equipment that’s been used or damaged, and tag the rest of it ready and safe. Of course, we maintain records at our offices in case local authorities or your insurance company need verification. This is an important part of being a responsible building owner; the safety of everyone in the building, and the value of your assets, rely on this simple, but vital, service each year.

Hydrostatic testing and internal maintenance - Stored pressure extinguishers are increasingly common. They are safe and reliable, but they do require internal maintenance every 6 years. The Clearwater technicians from All Florida Fire Equipment Co. will come out, do the necessary testing, and repair your extinguishers as needed.

Assistance with your needs - All extinguishers require update and maintenance based on their age. The experts at All Florida Fire Equipment Co. can tell you exactly when any of your equipment needs to be tested, maintained, or replaced.

Make the Call Now for a Free Quote

Fire safety is our commitment at All Florida Fire Equipment Co., but it’s every building owner’s, building maintenance person’s, and building manager’s responsibility.

With a single call, we can bring you local, family-owned service that will ensure that everyone in your buildings are safe, that you’re compliant with the law, and that you have peace of mind.

Call or Email All Florida Fire Equipment today. 727-525-5950 or [email protected]

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Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

Inspection – Inspection refers to a "quick check” of a fire extinguisher to make sure that it is available and will operate if needed. It is intended to give reasonable assurance that the fire extinguisher is fully charged and operable. The fire extinguisher must be checked to make sure it is in its designated place, and that there is no obvious physical damage or condition to prevent operation. Fire extinguishers must be inspected when initially placed in service and thereafter at 30-day intervals.

Maintenance – Maintenance is a thorough examination of the fire extinguisher. It is intended to give greater assurance that a fire extinguisher will operate effectively and safely. It includes a thorough examination of the extinguisher. It will reveal if a recharge, six-year tear down or a hydrostatic test is needed. Maintenance on fire extinguishers must be performed annually.

Recharge - A fire extinguisher must be recharged after any use. When a fire extinguisher is recharged, it is emptied of all its contents and essential mechanical parts are dismantled, inspected and cleaned. At this time, any defective or worn parts are identified and replaced. The cylinder is then filled with the extinguishing agent, reassembled and pressurized.

Six-Year Tear Down – A six-year tear down is an "internal inspection” of the fire extinguisher to verify that all mechanical parts are working properly and that the agent has not been contaminated. The fire extinguisher must be emptied and subjected to the applicable maintenance procedures. Once the fire extinguisher is inspected internally, it is recharged and returned to service.

Hydrostatic Testing - Stored-pressure fire extinguishers must be hydrostatically tested at certain time intervals by following procedures specified by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and DOT (Department of Transportation). A hydrostatic test is a "pressure test". It is performed on an extinguisher cylinder to check for structural weaknesses or flaws. An external inspection of the cylinder is also performed to check for excess pitting, corrosion, or other physical deformities. In addition, an internal inspection is performed on the extinguisher before it is recharged and returned to service.

Fire Extinguisher Training Programs

Training your employees in the use of fire extinguishers is vital to a successful safety program. OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Administration) and fire codes require employers to train their employees on the selection and use of fire extinguishers at work. Megacity Fire offers a variety of professional fire training programs that educate employees on the proper use of fire extinguishers in the work place. Instructors are available to conduct classroom seminars and/or hands-on training and fire fighting demonstrations with your employees.

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Longhorn Fire and Safety® is a local, family-owned Austin, Texas company specializing in helping area businesses provide a safe work environment. We are the low-cost solution that every business owner is looking for with their fire safety extinguisher needs, safety training, extinguisher maintenance and fire extinguisher inspections.

Our trained and licensed fire extinguisher service technicians come to your business to inspect and maintain the safety of your fire extinguisher equipment. Longhorn Fire and Safety® specializes in fire extinguisher annual maintenance (inspections). We are also Central Texas best-in-class in service and sell a huge selection and sizes of portable fire extinguishers for your business needs. We offer the very best prices for fire extinguisher services and safety products.

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Longhorn Fire and Safety® is the best Austin and San Antonio area provider for fire extinguishers, annual inspections, extinguisher services, and fire safety training/classes for your employees.

  • All First Year Inspections Included

    All new extinguishers purchased from Longhorn Fire and Safety® will include the first year inspection at no additional charge.

  • Inspection of Fire Extinguishers at your Business Location

    Need to get compliant? We come to your location and get your portable fire extinguishers serviced and inspected.

  • Re-charge and Maintenance

    Need your Extinguishers Re-charged or Serviced? We do that and more!

  • Emergency Signs and Exit Lights

    We carry a wide variety of emergency signs and exit lights for every type of business.

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  • Fire Safety Classes

    We have multiple options for fire-safety classes available including on-site at your business... Let the experts help!

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We are experts when it comes to servicing your portable fire extinguishers in Austin, San Antone, and throughout Central Texas. Longhorn Fire and Safety® will help you get up to code.

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Every Type of Fire Extinguisher

Don't know what you need? We do! At Longhorn Fire and Safety®, we carry every type of fire extinguisher in the business. 

Stop in at our conveniently located South Austin shop or call us at (512) 258-7233 and have it delivered.

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Whether you need fire extinguisher signs, emergency exit signs, or first aid signs, we have every type your business could ever desire.  We know what every business needs.

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We have commercial extinguisher cabinets to meet all of your needs.  We have a bracket for every type and size of extinguisher ever made.

Professional On-Site Installation Available.

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We offer a wide selection of First Aid Kits in different types and sizes to meet the specific needs of your company.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Different Classes of Fire Extinguishers?

Remember not all extinguishers are created equal. Some extinguishers have only one hazard rating while others have multiple hazard ratings.

An Extinguisher with a Class A Rating will put out fires of ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper. The numerical rating assigned to this hazard refers to the approximate square feet of a class A fire that the extinguisher can potentially put out.

An extinguisher with a Class B Rating should be used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, etc. The numerical rating for this class of fire extinguisher states the approximate number of square feet of a flammable liquid fire that a non-expert person can expect to extinguish.

An extinguisher with a Class C Rating indicates that the extinguishing agent is non-conductive as the fire involves energized electrical components such as motors, transformers, and appliances.

Class D Extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. There is no designated symbol for Class D Extinguishers. These extinguishers generally have no numerical rating nor are they given a multi-purpose rating for use on other types of fires.

Class K Extinguishers are primarily used for commercial kitchen fires involving cooking oils and greases such as animal fats and vegetable fats.

How do I use a Fire Extinguisher?

  • Use fire extinguishers only on small fires that are just starting to burn.
  • Never turn your back to a fire. Keep a clear exit between you and the fire at all times.
  • Use the appropriate extinguisher for the fire (ie: ABC)

  • Follow the PASS Acronym.

    P - Pull the pin. It is there to prevent accidental discharge.
    A - Aim low at the base of the fire. This is the where the fuel source is.
    S - Squeeze the lever above the handle.
    S - Sweep from side to side. Move toward the fire, aiming low at its base. Sweep until all flames are extinguished. Watch for re-igniting. Repeat as necessary. Have site inspected by fire department.

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When Must Fire Extinguisher Signs Be Used?

Scope and application. The requirements of this section apply to the placement, use, maintenance, and testing of portable fire extinguishers provided for the use of employees. Paragraph (d) of this section does not apply to extinguishers provided for employee use on the outside of workplace buildings or structures. Where extinguishers are provided but are not intended for employee use and the employer has an emergency action plan and a fire prevention plan that meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.38 and 29 CFR 1910.39 respectively, then only the requirements of paragraphs (e) and (f) of this section apply.


Where the employer has established and implemented a written fire safety policy which requires the immediate and total evacuation of employees from the workplace upon the sounding of a fire alarm signal and which includes an emergency action plan and a fire prevention plan which meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.38 and 29 CFR 1910.39 respectively, and when extinguishers are not available in the workplace, the employer is exempt from all requirements of this section unless a specific standard in part 1910 requires that a portable fire extinguisher be provided.


Where the employer has an emergency action plan meeting the requirements of 1910.38 which designates certain employees to be the only employees authorized to use the available portable fire extinguishers, and which requires all other employees in the fire area to immediately evacuate the affected work area upon the sounding of the fire alarm, the employer is exempt from the distribution requirements in paragraph (d) of this section.


General requirements.


The employer shall provide portable fire extinguishers and shall mount, locate and identify them so that they are readily accessible to employees without subjecting the employees to possible injury.


Only approved portable fire extinguishers shall be used to meet the requirements of this section.


The employer shall not provide or make available in the workplace portable fire extinguishers using carbon tetrachloride or chlorobromomethane extinguishing agents.


The employer shall assure that portable fire extinguishers are maintained in a fully charged and operable condition and kept in their designated places at all times except during use.


The employer shall remove from service all soldered or riveted shell self-generating soda acid or self-generating foam or gas cartridge water type portable fire extinguishers which are operated by inverting the extinguisher to rupture the cartridge or to initiate an uncontrollable pressure generating chemical reaction to expel the agent.


Selection and distribution.


Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided for employee use and selected and distributed based on the classes of anticipated workplace fires and on the size and degree of hazard which would affect their use.


The employer shall distribute portable fire extinguishers for use by employees on Class A fires so that the travel distance for employees to any extinguisher is 75 feet (22.9 m) or less.


The employer may use uniformly spaced standpipe systems or hose stations connected to a sprinkler system installed for emergency use by employees instead of Class A portable fire extinguishers, provided that such systems meet the respective requirements of 1910.158 or 1910.159, that they provide total coverage of the area to be protected, and that employees are trained at least annually in their use.


The employer shall distribute portable fire extinguishers for use by employees on Class B fires so that the travel distance from the Class B hazard area to any extinguisher is 50 feet (15.2 m) or less.


The employer shall distribute portable fire extinguishers used for Class C hazards on the basis of the appropriate pattern for the existing Class A or Class B hazards.


The employer shall distribute portable fire extinguishers or other containers of Class D extinguishing agent for use by employees so that the travel distance from the combustible metal working area to any extinguishing agent is 75 feet (22.9 m) or less. Portable fire extinguishers for Class D hazards are required in those combustible metal working areas where combustible metal powders, flakes, shavings, or similarly sized products are generated at least once every two weeks.


The employer shall be responsible for the inspection, maintenance and testing of all portable fire extinguishers in the workplace.


Portable extinguishers or hose used in lieu thereof under paragraph (d)(3) of this section shall be visually inspected monthly.


The employer shall assure that portable fire extinguishers are subjected to an annual maintenance check. Stored pressure extinguishers do not require an internal examination. The employer shall record the annual maintenance date and retain this record for one year after the last entry or the life of the shell, whichever is less. The record shall be available to the Assistant Secretary upon request.


The employer shall assure that stored pressure dry chemical extinguishers that require a 12-year hydrostatic test are emptied and subjected to applicable maintenance procedures every 6 years. Dry chemical extinguishers having non-refillable disposable containers are exempt from this requirement. When recharging or hydrostatic testing is performed, the 6-year requirement begins from that date.


The employer shall assure that alternate equivalent protection is provided when portable fire extinguishers are removed from service for maintenance and recharging.


The employer shall assure that hydrostatic testing is performed by trained persons with suitable testing equipment and facilities.


The employer shall assure that portable extinguishers are hydrostatically tested at the intervals listed in Table L-1 of this section, except under any of the following conditions:


When the unit has been repaired by soldering, welding, brazing, or use of patching compounds;


When the cylinder or shell threads are damaged;


When there is corrosion that has caused pitting, including corrosion under removable name plate assemblies;


When the extinguisher has been burned in a fire; or


When a calcium chloride extinguishing agent has been used in a stainless steel shell.


In addition to an external visual examination, the employer shall assure that an internal examination of cylinders and shells to be tested is made prior to the hydrostatic tests.

Type of extinguishersTest interval (years)
Soda acid (soldered brass shells) (until 1/1/82)
Soda acid (stainless steel shell)
Cartridge operated water and/or antifreeze
Stored pressure water and/or antifreeze
Wetting agent
Foam (soldered brass shells) (until 1/1/82)
Foam (stainless steel shell)
Aqueous Film Forming foam (AFFF)

Loaded stream
Dry chemical with stainless steel
Carbon Dioxide
Dry chemical, stored pressure, with mild steel, brazed brass or aluminum shells
Dry chemical, cartridge or cylinder operated, with mild steel shells
Halon 1211
Halon 1301
Dry powder, cartridge or cylinder operated with mild steel shells



1Extinguishers having shells constructed of copper or brass joined by soft solder or rivets shall not be hydrostatically tested and shall be removed from service by January 1, 1982. (Not permitted)


The employer shall assure that portable fire extinguishers are hydrostatically tested whenever they show new evidence of corrosion or mechanical injury, except under the conditions listed in paragraphs (f)(2)(i)-(v) of this section.


The employer shall assure that hydrostatic tests are performed on extinguisher hose assemblies which are equipped with a shut-off nozzle at the discharge end of the hose. The test interval shall be the same as specified for the extinguisher on which the hose is installed.


The employer shall assure that carbon dioxide hose assemblies with a shut-off nozzle are hydrostatically tested at 1,250 psi (8,620 kPa).


The employer shall assure that dry chemical and dry powder hose assemblies with a shut-off nozzle are hydrostatically tested at 300 psi (2,070 kPa).


Hose assemblies passing a hydrostatic test do not require any type of recording or stamping.


The employer shall assure that hose assemblies for carbon dioxide extinguishers that require a hydrostatic test are tested within a protective cage device.


The employer shall assure that carbon dioxide extinguishers and nitrogen or carbon dioxide cylinders used with wheeled extinguishers are tested every 5 years at 5/3 of the service pressure as stamped into the cylinder. Nitrogen cylinders which comply with 49 CFR 173.34(e)(15) may be hydrostatically tested every 10 years.


The employer shall assure that all stored pressure and Halon 1211 types of extinguishers are hydrostatically tested at the factory test pressure not to exceed two times the service pressure.


The employer shall assure that acceptable self-generating type soda acid and foam extinguishers are tested at 350 psi (2,410 kPa).


Air or gas pressure may not be used for hydrostatic testing.


Extinguisher shells, cylinders, or cartridges which fail a hydrostatic pressure test, or which are not fit for testing shall be removed from service and from the workplace.


The equipment for testing compressed gas type cylinders shall be of the water jacket type. The equipment shall be provided with an expansion indicator which operates with an accuracy within one percent of the total expansion or .1cc (.1mL) of liquid.


The equipment for testing non-compressed gas type cylinders shall consist of the following:


A hydrostatic test pump, hand or power operated, capable of producing not less than 150 percent of the test pressure, which shall include appropriate check valves and fittings;


A flexible connection for attachment to fittings to test through the extinguisher nozzle, test bonnet, or hose outlet, as is applicable; and


A protective cage or barrier for personal protection of the tester, designed to provide visual observation of the extinguisher under test.


The employer shall maintain and provide upon request to the Assistant Secretary evidence that the required hydrostatic testing of fire extinguishers has been performed at the time intervals shown in Table L-1. Such evidence shall be in the form of a certification record which includes the date of the test, the signature of the person who performed the test and the serial number, or other identifier, of the fire extinguisher that was tested. Such records shall be kept until the extinguisher is hydrostatically retested at the time interval specified in Table L-1 or until the extinguisher is taken out of service, whichever comes first.


Training and education.


Where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting.


The employer shall provide the education required in paragraph (g)(1) of this section upon initial employment and at least annually thereafter.


The employer shall provide employees who have been designated to use fire fighting equipment as part of an emergency action plan with training in the use of the appropriate equipment.


The employer shall provide the training required in paragraph (g)(3) of this section upon initial assignment to the designated group of employees and at least annually thereafter.

[45 FR 60708, Sept. 12, 1980; 46 FR 24557, May 1, 1981, as amended at 51 FR 34560, Sept. 29, 1986; 61 FR 9227, March 7, 1996; 67 FR 67964, Nov. 7, 2002]


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