Roy Williams

Many industries use compressed gas cylinders to store substances such as oxygen, propane, acetylene, or fire suppressants. Structural flaws in a cylinder can turn dangerous resulting in leaks, ruptures, or even deadly explosions. The two primary methods of testing cylinders to detect these potential flaws are hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination. The processes of these…

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Many industries use compressed gas cylinders to store substances such as oxygen, propane, acetylene, or fire suppressants. Structural flaws in a cylinder can turn dangerous resulting in leaks, ruptures, or even deadly explosions. The two primary methods of testing cylinders to detect these potential flaws are hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination. The processes of these…

Roy Williams

Many industries use compressed gas cylinders to store substances such as oxygen, propane, acetylene, or fire suppressants. Structural flaws in a cylinder can turn dangerous resulting in leaks, ruptures, or even deadly explosions. The two primary methods of testing cylinders to detect these potential flaws are hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination. The processes of these…

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The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices.  This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

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The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices. This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

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The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices. This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

Roy Williams

The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices. This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

Roy Williams

The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices. This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

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In accordance with The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, re-qualification of portable cylinders means the completion of a visual inspection and the tests required to be performed on a cylinder to determine its suitability for continued service. Regulatory approval of the test facility, personnel and equipment is required for portable cylinder re-qualification. Successful certification…

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It is important that authorized holders of a Re-qualification Identification Number (RIN) conduct a thorough examination of each DOT portable cylinder as part of re-qualification. Two non-destructive test methods are generally used for re-qualification: hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination.  Ultrasonic Examination offers several advantages to equipment operators and is the preferred re-qualification methodology because it…

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Ultrasonic testing provides tremendous advantages over hydrostatic testing. These advantages include financial savings, cylinder integrity, environmental benefits, enhanced safety, and maintenance of product integrity in the cylinders. Ultrasonic testing is no longer a new, unproven concept in cylinder testing; it has been in the field for over fifteen years and has become the preferred test…

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Ultrasonic Examination is the most popular and reliable test method for portable cylinders and offers several advantages. Ultrasonic Examination eliminates the need for valve removal and internal visual inspection, thus allowing the cylinder to be tested with residual product. Hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination are the two test methods generally used to re-qualify cylinders. Test…

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Ultrasonic Examination is the most popular and reliable test method for portable cylinders and offers several advantages. Ultrasonic Examination eliminates the need for valve removal and internal visual inspection, thus allowing the cylinder to be tested with residual product. DOT pressure vessels (cylinders) require periodic inspections to evaluate the integrity and safety of each vessel….

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The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

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The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

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The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

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The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

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The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

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Today’s high-temperature, high-efficiency cooking appliances, plus the use of hotter burning vegetable oils, poses a greater fire suppression challenge than in the past. ANSUL R-102 Restaurant Fire Suppression Systems meet the challenge and are the top choice of food service kitchens worldwide. Knock Down Kitchen Fires Fast The ANSUL R-102 Restaurant Fire Suppression System incorporates…

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We usually don’t think of a fire destroying our business or office building. Typically, we’re worried about more day to day ever present threats such as a downward trending economy, high customer churn rate, the struggle to retain talented employees, legal issues, etc. But the fact is that commercial building fires kill tens of people,…

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We usually don’t think of a fire destroying our business or office building. Typically, we’re worried about more day to day ever present threats such as a downward trending economy, high customer churn rate, the struggle to retain talented employees, legal issues, etc. But the fact is that commercial building fires kill tens of people,…

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Unfortunately, when it comes to restaurants and commercial kitchens, anywhere that cooking equipment is being used is at an increased risk of a building fire. From fire alarm monitoring to fire sprinklers, it can be pretty confusing to know what fire protection equipment and services are necessary. Kitchen fires are the number one cause of…

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Unfortunately, when it comes to restaurants and commercial kitchens, anywhere that cooking equipment is being used is at an increased risk of a building fire. From fire alarm monitoring to fire sprinklers, it can be pretty confusing to know what fire protection equipment and services are necessary. Kitchen fires are the number one cause of…

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For restaurant owners, their kitchen is the heartbeat of their livelihood. But 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. With continual exposure to high heat, fires can break out for a variety of reasons. Regardless of…

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The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service outline regulations for fire extinguishers on construction sites and vehicles. Individual pieces of equipment that are not vehicles are subject to the regulations of the construction site. Vehicles have regulations based on their size, outlined by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Part 243…

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Fire extinguishers are required by law on all trucks, truck tractors, and buses. The fire extinguisher(s) must be filled and located so that it is readily available for use. The extinguisher(s) must be securely mounted to prevent sliding, rolling, or vertical movement relative to the motor vehicle. You can’t just throw the extinguisher behind your…

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The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains specific DOT fire extinguisher requirements for vehicles that travel U.S. roadways. When a vehicle collision occurs, and a fire starts or flammable materials in transit combust, a commercial truck fire extinguisher can mean the difference between quickly containing the fire and the fire growing out of control,…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…