Author: Roy Williams

October 31, 2019 Roy Williams

A visual inspection alone is not sufficient to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher is safe or will operate properly when needed. Over time, normal handling or workplace conditions can impact the structural integrity of a portable fire extinguisher and cause it to malfunction or burst. To prevent this from happening, all portable fire extinguishers…

October 31, 2019 Roy Williams

A visual inspection alone is not sufficient to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher is safe or will operate properly when needed. Over time, normal handling or workplace conditions can impact the structural integrity of a portable fire extinguisher and cause it to malfunction or burst. To prevent this from happening, all portable fire extinguishers…

September 27, 2019 Roy Williams

A visual inspection alone is not sufficient to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher is safe or will operate properly when needed. Over time, normal handling or workplace conditions can impact the structural integrity of a portable fire extinguisher and cause it to malfunction or burst. To prevent this from happening, all portable fire extinguishers…

September 27, 2019 Roy Williams

A visual inspection alone is not sufficient to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher is safe or will operate properly when needed. Over time, normal handling or workplace conditions can impact the structural integrity of a portable fire extinguisher and cause it to malfunction or burst. To prevent this from happening, all portable fire extinguishers…

September 1, 2019 Roy Williams

Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) cylinders that provide air for breathing are most commonly used in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant and industrial applications. The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires periodic hydrostatic testing of these SCBA cylinders. The NFPA recognizes the DOT’s testing requirements in their standard on SCBA selection, care and maintenance. A…

July 26, 2019 Roy Williams

Hydrostatic testing is one of the most effective ways to test the structural integrity of stainless steel cylinders. Successful hydrostatic testing of low pressure cylinders can help businesses to effectively prevent potential disasters that may occur due to use of structurally weak cylinders. In addition, companies can avoid penalties from DOT for not complying with…

July 26, 2019 Roy Williams

Federal laws (and in some cases state and municipal statutes) require that most of the pressure cylinders associated with portable fire extinguishers must be periodically hydrostatically retested to ensure their safety. In addition, the laws require hydrostatic testing of cylinders which show evidence of corrosion or mechanical injury. Principal authorities The two principal authorities that…

June 7, 2019 Roy Williams

Part 1 in this series identifies the need for hydrostatic testing of self contained breathing apparatus used by firefighters and rescue personnel. Part 2 in this series will provide a summary of the frequency requirements and safety precautions associated with hydrostatic testing of self contained breathing apparatus compressed gas cylinders. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) are…

June 7, 2019 Roy Williams

Part 1 in this series identifies the need for hydrostatic testing of self contained breathing apparatus used by firefighters and rescue personnel. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) are one of the most important items of personal protective equipment used by firefighters and rescue personnel. SCBA allow firefighters to enter hazardous environments to perform essential interior operations…

May 28, 2019 Roy Williams

Part 1 in this series provided a summary of each step in the hydrostatic testing process for rechargeable portable fire extinguishers through the actual hydrostatic test. Part 2 in this series will provide a summary of the steps following the hydrostatic test through final reassembly and recharging the portable fire extinguisher. Portable fire extinguishers designed…

May 16, 2019 Roy Williams

Fire suppression systems for commercial kitchens prevent the spread of an already burning fire. Suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals and wetting agents to suppress cooking equipment fires. Wetting agents are a form of concentrate added to water contained in the system. They improve the fire suppression performance of water by reducing its…

May 16, 2019 Roy Williams

Restaurant operators know that wet chemical systems are the only solution to their fire suppression needs. In fact, commercial cooking cannot be done without a state of the art Fire Suppression system. Voluminous cooking with today’s vegetable oils cause high heat conditions therefore creating a hazardous environment to say the least. The potential for a…

January 28, 2019 Roy Williams

This is Part 1 of a 4 part series of articles intended to provide a better understanding and detailing of the OSHA requirements for portable fire extinguishers since a thorough understanding of requirements and expectations is the first step in becoming compliant. The applicable governing regulations and sections are identified where appropriate to allow the…

January 28, 2019 Roy Williams

Fire extinguishers are pretty easy to forget about. They sit in your workplace or home day after day “just in case,” but of course you hope you’ll never have to use one. Even though fire extinguishers may not always be top of mind, there’s nothing worse than needing an fire extinguisher in an emergency only…

January 28, 2019 Roy Williams

Food, family, and friends—the holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate the good things in life! While Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the top holidays celebrated by cooking and great meals, cooking obviously continues throughout the year. Throughout the year, not just for the holidays, be sure to keep yourself and your loved ones…

January 28, 2019 Roy Williams

Portable fire extinguishers are typically a key element of any business’s fire safety plan.  Understanding the fundamental principles of firefighting, the different types of fires that might occur within a business or building, the proper use of portable fire extinguishers and the different types of portable fire extinguishers and the fires they are effective against…

December 3, 2018 Roy Williams

The extinguishing agent used in FM200 Fire Suppression Systems is a compound of carbon, fluorine and hydrogen. It is colorless, odorless and electrically non-conductive. If a discharge occurs in an occupied space, personnel will be able to see and breathe, permitting them to leave the area safely. Fires are extinguished rapidly, typically knocking out class…

November 5, 2018 Roy Williams

OSHA rule 29 CFR 1910 establishes the requirements for portable fire extinguishers in a business. Employers are generally required by the OSHA rule to provide employees with portable fire extinguishing equipment for use in fighting incipient stage fires in the workplace. An “incipient-stage fire” means initial or beginning stage that can be controlled or extinguished…

November 5, 2018 Roy Williams

What is your company’s fire-fighting policy? Fires are the most common type of emergency for most companies, and many fires start out small enough to be put out with a portable fire extinguisher. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that all employees need to know how to use a fire extinguisher. Why It Matters According to…

October 3, 2018 Roy Williams

Restaurants have all the ingredients for a small kitchen fire to to quickly become an out of control blaze. Open flames, cooking oils and hot cooking equipment contribute to the nearly 8,000 restaurant fires that are reported each year.  Restaurant owners know all too well what a fire can do to their business. A devastating…

October 3, 2018 Roy Williams

In order to ensure that your commercial kitchen fire suppression system operates properly when needed, federal certification as well as state licensure require facilities to properly inspect, test and maintain the exhaust hoods, filters and fire-extinguishing equipment making up their commercial kitchen fire suppression systems relied upon to protect their commercial kitchen cooking equipment. Applicable…

September 19, 2018 Roy Williams

For restaurant owners, their commercial kitchen is the heartbeat of their livelihood. But as that old saying goes, where there is heat, there is the risk of fire. Fires are more likely to occur in a restaurant than nearly any other kind of business. Regardless of why a fire starts out, what is important is…

August 20, 2018 Roy Williams

Time and time again, we at Jay L Harman Fire Equipment hear questions about the proper use, proper maintenance and proper testing of fire extinguishers. This article addresses some of the frequently asked questions and provides short easily understandable answers. Again, this is only SOME of the FAQs. If you have questions regarding fire extinguishers,…

May 30, 2018 Roy Williams

Most business have portable fire extinguishers located around the workplace to aid in the initial response to small fires or fires when they first start. BUT, as a business owner, did you know that OSHA prohibits you from allowing your employees to use one of those fire extinguishers in the event of a fire unless…

May 30, 2018 Roy Williams

There are many OSHA requirements for portable fire extinguishers that businesses may not be aware of and may be surprised to learned.  Here are four of the frequently asked questions associated with these requirements that help explain some of these requirements to help take away some of the mystery surrounding state and federal OSHA requirements…

May 30, 2018 Roy Williams

The environment in modern commercial kitchens is one of open flames, red-hot cooking surfaces, and heavily grease-laden surfaces.  These conditions combine to make the typical modern commercial kitchen a potentially dangerous fire hazard. Kitchen fires can spread quickly and can be very difficult to extinguish.  In fact, kitchen fires are the leading cause of structural…

April 27, 2018 Roy Williams

Inspecting restaurant and commercial kitchen fire suppression systems for proper function requires more than just a visual overview or a system test. Proper maintenance from a factory authorized, trained service technician is essential for compliance and warranty. Restaurant and commercial kitchens require their own set of safety considerations.  These facilities are a common place for…

April 27, 2018 Roy Williams

As a commercial fire equipment company, we are often asked, “Is it acceptable for a businesses to perform their own monthly fire extinguisher inspections?” The simple answer is, yes. Frequently, professional fire equipment companies are hired to perform monthly fire extinguisher inspections for businesses simply because we help minimize the business interruption. Also, we are…

February 28, 2018 Roy Williams

Clean agent fire suppression systems are your first line of defense against the damage that fire can create. When it comes to protecting your restaurant, office, retail outlet, or other enterprise, the following are some of the systems we recommend to our commercial clients in the El Paso TX region. Each of these systems feature…

February 28, 2018 Roy Williams

Quality components in your clean agent fire suppression system ensure that everything works the way it should when the system is called upon to protect lives and property. For this reason, Jay L. Harman Fire Equipment uses only the highest quality components during both installation and subsequent maintenance replacements. Smoke detectors are the first line…

January 29, 2018 Roy Williams

Fire extinguishers are generally placed indoors in visible and easily accessed areas. They are designed to prevent the spread of fires or to put them out completely. When a fire extinguisher is activated, it will send a spray consisting of flame-retardant chemicals into the fire which will stop the flames. These units require scheduled service…

January 29, 2018 Roy Williams

A fire extinguisher is one of the most important pieces of equipment owned by any business. The quality and condition of your business’s fire extinguishers can make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a catastrophe involving injuries, loss of life and property damage. The best way to cut down and even eliminate the danger…

December 29, 2017 Roy Williams

A clean agent fire suppression system uses chemical agents and inert gases to extinguish fires. The agents used must be approved by the National Fire Protection Association Standard for Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. A system typically includes the agent, storage containers for the agent, valves to release the agent, fire detection system that consists…

December 1, 2017 Roy Williams

It is crucial to ensure that your fire extinguisher is in proper working order at all times. Conducting annual fire extinguisher maintenance is the best way to make sure that everything will function the way it is designed in the event of an emergency. The following are annual fire extinguisher maintenance steps that should be…

December 1, 2017 Roy Williams

No one expects to experience a fire. Fires can break out unexpectedly in your commercial business, home, car and even your camping vehicles. Fire extinguishers are invaluable items to have in every situation. Most of us don’t think we’ll ever have to use our fire extinguisher – but we all need to know where they…

September 28, 2017 Roy Williams

Fires happen fast and your business needs fire suppression systems that can snuff them out as quickly as they start. The FM-200 fire suppression system is a highly versatile system that is designed to protect office spaces, restaurant kitchens, server rooms, and much more. The system’s versatility and ability to protect physical assets and personnel…

July 17, 2017 Roy Williams

Fires spread quickly and leave a path of destruction in their wake. Using a clean agent fire suppression system can not only help minimize the risk of personal injuries and damage the fire can cause, the system can make clean-up easier and more efficient. Clean agent systems use fire extinguishant that is nonconductive, inert, or…

February 7, 2017 Roy Williams

Common frequently asked questions most businesses in El Paso TX and Las Cruces NM want answers to when purchasing fire extinguishers are: How many fire extinguishers do I need in my building? While the exact number of fire extinguishers required for each building varies based on the unique layout and hazard level, as a general…

February 7, 2017 Roy Williams

Fire extinguisher guidelines require that you have your equipment professionally inspected, tested, and tagged annually. But since fire extinguishers are designed to be a quick-response means of defending your building against fires, they need to be able to work at a moment’s notice all year long! In addition to annual professional inspections, here are some…