The North Grenville Fire Service has received several complaints from local businesses of a fire extinguisher company soliciting on-the-spot extinguisher maintenance, with threats of “fines from the Fire Marshal” for non-compliance.
“Business owners are responsible for monthly and yearly fire extinguisher maintenance,” reminded Shannon Armitage, Fire Prevention Officer with the North Grenville Fire Service.
“While companies are permitted to give you information about services they provide, they should never use pressure tactics to make an immediate sale,” she added.
If a person attempts to obtain goods or services under false pretences and/or under duress, the OPP should be contacted immediately.
For more information on Fire Extinguishers read the FAQ below or on our website at: https://www.northgrenville.ca/live/municipal-services/emergency-services/fire/fire-prevention#fire-extinguishers-faq
Fire Extinguisher FAQ’s:
The Ontario Fire Code has specific requirements for the installation of portable fire extinguishers in most buildings, including vacant buildings, with the exception of single family homes.
How many do I require?
The number will vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of the building, number of floors, the use of the building and other factors.
How often do I need to service my portable fire extinguisher?
The Ontario Fire Code requires that all portable fire extinguishers must be maintained in accordance with NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) 10. This means that the extinguisher is to be visually checked monthly for any sign of tampering and damage. Once a year you are required to have the extinguisher serviced by a qualified firm that has tools and materials available to service the unit properly.
What do these companies do when they service the unit?
The service preformed will vary depending on the type and age of the extinguisher. Often, the extinguisher may be serviced on-site.
Does the North Grenville Fire Service inspect or service portable fire extinguishers?
No. Members of fire service do not perform any inspection or servicing of fire extinguishers. During inspections of properties, fire extinguishers will be checked to ensure that they are being maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Fire Code
PLEASE NOTE: North Grenville Fire Services staff drives marked vehicles and conducts inspections in full uniform only.
How can I get more information about portable fire extinguishers, their operation and maintenance requirements?
Contact the Fire Prevention Officer Shannon Armitage at 613-258-9569 ext 205