Fire Extinguishers shall be maintained annually and inspected monthly according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and state fire code. Our technicians will ensure that you have the right extinguisher for the hazard being protected, and that the quantity of extinguishers and the distance between them meet the required code. We also carry monitored fire extinguishers that electronically check for pressure, the existence of the device, and to confirm there is no obstruction. You will be notified as soon as the extinguisher is removed from service whether intentional or accidental. We also can provide fire extinguisher training on the proper use and care of the units in your building for your employees. We will use our state of the art BullEx unit that makes it efficient and clean to perform the required training. All commercial businesses have fire extinguishers and Tri State has a program designed to meet your requirements. Portable units do require annual maintenance and monthly inspection. Many of our customers have us train their employees to perform the monthly quick check and we provide the annual maintenance, recharges, and testing as necessary. Some of our customers want us to take care of the entire program with the personnel and we have a cost effective plan to meet your needs. Properly maintained fire extinguishers operated by trained personnel saves lives and property damage. In the United States during 2008, fires in commercial and home properties resulted in 478,000 dollars in damage, 16,705 injuries, and 3,320 fatalities! A survey conducted by the IFEDA in 2002 found within a sample size of 2100 fires that 80% were diffused because of extinguishers, and in 75% of cases the fire department wasn’t even needed for assistance. A similar survey was conducted in Europe with the same result criteria arriving at 81.5% and 74.6% respectively. Over simplified perhaps, but this evidence suggests that in roughly 80% of fires, a portable extinguisher is the only tool needed to prevent physical or financial damage and death. “http://engaugeinc.net/blog/2011/01/13/importance-of-fire-extinguishers”– Perhaps you feel this data justifies the placement and use of Fire Extinguishers, however, they should never take the place of calling 911 or the fire department first.