Showing posts with label fire protection. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fire protection. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Knowing Fire Code is Essential to the Proper Installation and Maintenance of Fire Extinguishers

ESC of Greater Ohio works hard to get and keep your business. One of our big sellers is fire extinguishers and it’s certainly one area that you need to know about. If you have fire extinguishers in your business, you must follow fire code or risk the wrath of a local city or county fire inspector or State Fire Marshal.
From a service and maintenance standpoint, here’s the meat:

  • NFPA 10, Section 4-3.1, requires that fire extinguishers be inspected when initially installed and thereafter at approximately 30-day intervals.
  • Section 4-4.1 on maintenance says that fire extinguishers should be maintained at intervals of not more than 1 year, at the time of hydrostatic test, or when specifically indicated by an inspection. 
  • In addition, Section 4-4.3 requires that stored-pressure fire extinguishers that require a 12-year hydrostatic test shall be emptied and subjected to the applicable maintenance procedures every six years.
  • This is only part of the story you need to know about. Just as important is the type of fire extinguishers you buy and where you install them throughout your facility. Here’s a short list of all the major types of portable fire extinguishers and what they are designed to do, meaning the types of fires they are engineered to fight:
  • Class A: Fires that involve wood, cloth, rubber, paper, and some types of plastics.
  • Class B: Fires that involve gasoline, oil, paint, natural and propane gases, and flammable liquids, gases, and greases.
  • Class C: Fires that involve all the materials found in Class A and B fires, but with the introduction of an electrical appliances, wiring, or other electrically energized objects in the vicinity of the fire.
  • Class D: Fires that involve combustible metals, such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium.
  • For additional information on fire extinguishers and the fire code that regulates their installation and on-going service, go to:, or call 614-754-1393, or send an email to We’re ESC, we have your back!

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    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Happy Holidays From ESC

    John Larkin, ESC Senior Partner We at ESC are proud of the year we had as an up-and-coming company in the fire and security industry. As we close out 2014, we’ve seen this business model take root from a start-up fire and security parts-and-smarts company--with most of our focus in the electrical bid market since 2011--to a full-fledged service provider with clear and focused attention on State of Ohio contracts among both large and small end users.

    This year, ESC also saw growth in the area of key personnel additions to the field tech force, office management, director of business development, and director of social media/web. ESC is anxious to begin the New Year with a fresh perspective on our continued growth as a fire alarm, fire suppression, fire extinguishers, and security company.

    :ESC has become one of the primary providers to Ohio Department of Corrections, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Administrative Services for the preventive maintenance and service of our core services. Adding to the good news, ESC also has procured the fire alarm service contract for the Columbus City Schools for 2015. That, along with a backlog of installation projects that include Krogers, NiSource, Ohio Veterans Home, Big Lots, LT Land Development, and the North Point Hotel, means that we expect to see our installation services increase going into 2015.

    The year 2015 also will see ESC expand its services to include installation and service of Kitchen Hood and Fire Pumps, as well as small sprinkler installation and repair. ESC also will work to expand our client base within State of Ohio government using our MBE and DBE certifications for additional fire and security preventive maintenance services contracts. So in closing, I thank each and every one of you for your continued business. Together, let’s make 2015 the best year yet.

    John Larkin, Senior Partner
    Electronic Security Consultants
    Phone: 614-754-1393

    P.S. We emailed our Christmas card to all of our clients and friends. If you did not receive a copy, please click here to receive a copy in PDF. I'll send you one right away!
    Thank you! --John Larkin