Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need fire extinguishers if I already have a sprinkler system?

Fire extinguishers are for incipient-stage fires (small, early stages like a trash can fire). For a sprinkler head to go off, the ceiling temperature needs to be around 155 degrees F. By that time, the fire will typically be large in size.

Per Fire Code, here are fire protection equipment inspection intervals:
  • Fire extinguishers—inspected annually
  • Emergency Lights and Exit signs—inspected annually
  • Backflow Preventer—inspected annually
  • Fire Alarm—inspected annually
  • Fire Pump—inspected annually
  • Fire Hydrant—inspected annually
  • Sprinkler—inspected quarterly
  • Hood Fire Suppression System—inspected semi-annually
How many fire extinguishers do I need for my business?

It depends on square footage, stories and travel distance. Typically, extinguisher spacing requires a travel distance not to exceed 75 feet allowing for spacing of every 150 feet (in a perfect world) depending on the hazard protected.

What geographic locations does Empire Fire Protection Services cover?

We cover all of New York State (except NYC and Long Island), and we cover all of Pennsylvania.

Why do I need a Class K fire extinguisher?

Per fire code, a Class K is needed because the chemical agent in a hood-fire suppression system produces a “foam blanket” after discharge. If a dry chemical extinguisher is used on the foam blanket, it will break it down causing the reignition of the fire. A Class K will not break down the foam blanket the hood system applied to the fire and it will keep the fire out instead of reigniting it.

Why does my hood system need to be inspected so often?

Per the fire code, hood-fire suppression systems need to be inspected every 6 months because cooking grease-laden vapors can adversely affect the mechanisms that will activate the system in the event of a fire. We make sure the system trips correctly and all cables move freely.

Why does my sprinkler system have to be inspected every quarter?

Fire code requires quarterly inspection of most sprinkler systems to ensure proper operation of these complex systems.  Fires in large commercial structures can quickly overwhelm the best trained Fire Departments.  Sprinklers need to function correctly to limit fire spread and contain a fire until the Fire Department can mitigate it.

Why is my insurance company making me get this done and not the Fire Marshal?

Typically we find that the Fire Marshals make most of our customers adhere to the fire code. However, insurance companies have become proactive and are now requiring the same adherence and enforcement of the fire code to reduce their risk and liability. Talk with your insurance provider for more details.