We can find fire extinguishers in every building around the world, be it residential apartments, commercial places, schools, or hospitals.

The reason is simple, they are the first line of defense when it comes to firefighting, and every organization, and individual must ensure they have their fire extinguishers properly installed, recharged from time to time, and maintained by professionals.

This is where you must trust Singh Fire, as they have been safeguarding these areas from fire hazards - Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster and nearby.

Now, Let's know the basics of a fire extinguisher and understand when and why you should take care of them.


There are two types of extinguishers.

1. Disposable Fire Extinguishers: As the name suggests, these fire extinguishers are made for one-time use. They come with an expiration date, typically 12 months from the date of manufacture. These cannot be recharged. They need to be entirely replaced after expiration. You must check your extinguisher to see if it is a disposable one.

2. Rechargeable Fire Extinguishers: This reusable type needs to be inspected, recharged and refilled to ensure it works when there is fire. The fire extinguisher must be checked yearly by a professional and recharged immediately to avoid hazards. If your extinguisher has been used even once, it needs to be recharged as soon as possible.

Based on the type of extinguisher, here is the list of recommended recharge schedules:

  • ABC Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers: These versatile fire extinguishers can handle multiple types of fires (A, B, C). They should be recharged every 6 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Water-Based Fire Extinguishers: Water extinguishers should be recharged every 5 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Fire Extinguishers: CO2 fire extinguishers, often used for electrical fires, should be recharged every 5 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Foam Fire Extinguishers: Foam extinguishers should be recharged every 5 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers: Wet chemical fire extinguishers, typically used in commercial kitchens, should be recharged every 5 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.


These are the first line of defence when there is a fire. It helps prevent the fire from escalating from a small scale to a large scale. It's very important that it's pressurised and recharged. Otherwise, it will not work in emergency situations. Here is a list of different elements of a fire extinguisher that may go wrong if you don't recharge it on time.

  • Maintaining Pressure: Fire extinguishers work by expelling a fire-suppressing agent under pressure. Over time, the pressure can diminish due to factors such as temperature changes, leaks, or gradual leakage of the propellant gas. Recharging restores the necessary pressure, ensuring the extinguisher suppresses a fire with the force needed.
  • Refilling Extinguishing Agent: The extinguishing agent (e.g., water, foam, dry chemical) in the fire extinguisher may become depleted over time, mainly if the extinguisher has been partially or fully discharged. Recharging involves refilling the extinguisher with the appropriate agent, ensuring it has an adequate supply for use in an emergency.
  • Compliance with Regulations: Many fire codes, safety regulations, and insurance requirements mandate regular inspection and maintenance of fire safety equipment, including fire extinguishers. Keeping fire extinguishers up to date with recharge services helps you comply with these regulations and maintain a safe environment. Check the BC Fire Code.
  • Safety and Reliability: Recharging a fire extinguisher is performed by trained professionals who can inspect the unit for any signs of damage, corrosion, or malfunction. This ensures the extinguisher's reliability when needed and helps prevent accidents that could result from using a faulty extinguisher.
  • Prolonging the Extinguisher's Lifespan: Proper maintenance and recharging can extend the lifespan of a fire extinguisher. Regular inspections and recharges can help you avoid the need for premature replacements, saving you money in the long run.


To use a fire extinguisher effectively, you can follow the acronym "PASS," which stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  • PULL: Pull the safety pin or ring from the extinguisher handle. This will allow you to discharge the extinguishing agent.
  • AIM: Stand several feet away from the fire, ensuring you are at a safe distance. Aim the nozzle or hose of the fire extinguisher at the base of the flames, not at the top of the fire.
  • SQUEEZE: Squeeze the handle or trigger of the extinguisher to start releasing the extinguishing agent. Be prepared for a forceful discharge; maintain a firm grip on the handle.
  • SWEEP: Begin to sweep the extinguishing agent from side to side, covering the base of the fire. Continue to move closer to the fire as it begins to diminish.Keep a safe distance from the fire, and never turn your back on it while you're using the extinguisher.






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Singh Fire Services stands as the premier fire protection and safety company in the british columbia.

With over 30 years of dedicated service, we have been steadfastly committed to the installation and maintenance of fire and safety systems across Southern British Columbia.

Our reach extends to areas including Surrey, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Delta, Langley, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster.

Over the years, we've rapidly evolved into one of the region's most rapidly expanding fire protection enterprises, earning the trust of thousands of valued clients.

Our field of expertise encompasses an array of critical services, including fire alarms, sprinkler systems, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, backflow preventers, specialized suppression systems and fire safety plan.

Equipped with a team of licensed journeyman sprinkler fitters, skilled electricians, technicians certified seasoned designers, and dedicated administrative professionals, we possess the knowledge and capability to manage all categories of fire safety equipment.

Our unwavering commitment is to cater to the unique requirements of our clients and ensure their utmost satisfaction. Regardless of the scale or complexity of the task at hand, we stand firmly by our clients' side, dedicated to delivering unparalleled service.