Your Guide to Purchasing Fire Extinguisher Service

By Andrew Erickson

October 22, 2023

Not having a properly serviced fire extinguisher during an emergency is not just a safety concern. It's also a significant liability that can have dire consequences. In a crisis situation, every second counts. The absence of a functional fire extinguisher can increase the danger and potentially lead to catastrophe.

"1.1 Scope. The provisions of this standard apply to the selection, installation, inspection, maintenance, recharging, and testing of portable fire extinguishers and Class D extinguishing agents."
-NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers - 2022 Edition

It's crucial to ensure that fire extinguishers are regularly maintained and ready for use to mitigate risks and protect lives and property.

For your business/agency, ensuring fire safety isn’t just about ticking a box. You're in charge of protecting assets, lives, and your brand’s reputation.

Fire extinguisher hanging on a wall

You probably don't think much about fire extinguishers on a daily basis, but they absolutely must work properly during a fire emergency.

Next, I'm going to walk you through crucial aspects of fire extinguisher service, guiding you through the maze of buying criteria and explaining why it all matters so much.

Why is Regular Fire Extinguisher Service So Crucial?

Imagine your usual workday. The building is full of activity. Suddenly, a fire breaks out. You rush to grab the fire extinguisher, only to find it malfunctioning. How terrifying is that?

Would you jump out of a plane with a parachute you hadn’t checked? Probably not. Similarly, in the face of a fire, you need a fire extinguisher that works flawlessly when you need it most.

A malfunctioning fire extinguisher, with its inability to effectively suppress a small controllable fire, can quickly escalate the situation into a devastating and potentially catastrophic inferno, engulfing everything in its path. That highlights the critical importance of regularly inspecting and maintaining fire safety equipment to ensure their reliability and functionality during emergency situations. Unless you use weight-based "empty extinguisher" monitoring sensors, you're also not going to a get a trouble code for this problem.

Also, your repercussions don't just stop at physical damages. Did you know there are legal and financial implications tied to fire safety neglect? Your business could face serious fines or even shutdowns for not maintaining or regularly checking its fire safety equipment. Isn't it wiser (and ultimately cheaper) to invest in regular fire extinguisher service rather than pay a big non-compliance penalty?

What are the Key Buying Criteria to Evaluate a Fire Extinguisher Service Provider?

Choosing the right service provider for anything can be challenging. Here are some important things to look for as you evaluate fire extinguisher service providers:

  1. Certification & Training: Ensure the service provider has proper certifications and training. It’s not just about having a logo on their website. Dig deeper into their qualifications. When it's your business on the line, you want someone with expertise, not a novice with big claims. The "cheapest" option usually isn't the cheapest in the long run.
  2. Experience & Reputation: Go beyond big marketing/sales claims. You should look for providers with genuine testimonials and case studies. Their past work often speaks louder than any marketing copy. Your business, your employees, and the general public deserve the best. The best usually comes from providers who’ve been in the game long enough to understand all of the rules and best practices.
  3. Availability & Response Time: Imagine calling a plumber who shows up a week after you call. That's not very helpful, right? With fire safety, the clock ticks even faster. Prioritize providers who respond quickly and are available when you need them most. After all, emergencies don't work "9-5". Although it's not likely that a brief delay in extinguisher maintenance will lead to disaster, it's entirely possible, and the consequences would be huge.
  4. Comprehensive Service Offering: A fire extinguisher service should be comprehensive, covering everything from installation to routine checks and emergency repairs. This "one stop shop" commonly reduces the amount of legwork you need to do. It also eliminates the "blame game", where one provider blames the other. When that happens, you can't complete your required maintenance/installs.

What Can Go Wrong If You're Not Careful When Choosing a Service Provider?

Fire extinguisher neglect can lead to a cascade of issues that could have been easily prevented. Let's break this down:

  • Equipment Failure: Unserviced fire extinguishers can (and do!) fail. And when they fail, the results can be catastrophic. A malfunctioning extinguisher isn't just a piece of faulty equipment. It's a lifeline that didn't hold up when you needed it most.
  • Non-compliance Penalties: Intentionally disregarding taxes or regulatory fees is not advisable, just as ignoring fire safety regulations can lead to serious consequences. Apart from the direct safety hazards, noncompliance can result in complex legal ramifications, substantial fines, and sanctions that can significantly impact your business. Proactively staying compliant with regulations is always more cost-effective and less stressful than attempting to rectify noncompliance later.
  • Increased Liability: Let's consider a fire incident where investigations highlight the impact of inadequate maintenance on your fire extinguisher. This can lead to increased insurance premiums, potential legal consequences, and significant damage to your reputation...
  • Loss of Business: The reputation of your business is a crucial and irreplaceable asset. Failure to address fire incidents promptly can quickly undermine customer trust. Safety incidents not only attract attention but also have a long-lasting impact on your customers. This will significantly affect their decisionmaking for years to come.

How Can Digitize Help You?

Let's take a moment to shift our focus and understand where Digitize fits into your fire safety journey. Consider us your architects for a state-of-the-art alarm monitoringsystem. While our specialization is mainly in crafting high-quality fire alarm monitoring equipment, we have comprehensive knowledge of the entire fire safety ecosystem.

Although we don't directly provide fire extinguisher services, we have witnessed firsthand the cascading impact that a lapse in any component of fire safety can have. The strength of the chain is solely determined by its weakest link.

However, while our expertise primarily lies in monitoring, I want every facet of your fire safety, including extinguishers, to meet the required standards. Engineers here at Digitize are always available to provide information, guidance, and address any questions you have.

If you need fire extinguisher services, our extensive distributor/installer network spans the entire United States.

Act Today to Ensure Your Fire Extinguishers are Compliant

By now, you should have a clearer picture of why regular fire extinguisher service is non-negotiable and the pitfalls that can arise from neglect. Are you ready to take proactive steps in ensuring your business's safety?

As I described above, Digitize is staffed by industry experts. You can call us any time to ask questions and get connected with a local distributor/installer who can provide fire extinguisher service for you.

Call Digitize at 1-800-523-7232 or email

Andrew Erickson

Andrew Erickson

Andrew Erickson is an Application Engineer at DPS Telecom, a manufacturer of semi-custom remote alarm monitoring systems based in Fresno, California. Andrew brings more than 17 years of experience building site monitoring solutions, developing intuitive user interfaces and documentation, and...Read More