Fire Extinguishers

Portable FIRE extinguishers

Looking for a portable fire extinguisher for your home, apartment block, restaurant, repair shop or office building? Guard-X Inc. is your supplier of choice to help you find the type of extinguisher you need.

Inspection and installation of  extinguishers are managed by standards governed by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). All our work comply with the requirements of NFPA Standard 10, which governs the location and maintenance of fire extinguishers. Guard-X Technicians  are experts in the use, installation and proper maintenance of all portable fire extinguisher.

We are confident that you will find a fire extinguisher that meets and best suits your needs. We prefer chemicals SENTRY because we recognize that high quality products are essential in an emergency.

Location and maintenance

Fire extinguishers should be installed:

  • In accordance with the requirements of NFPA 10 standard

  • Prominently - never suspend anything on the extinguisher

  • Far from the reach of small children

  • Near an exit door

  • Away from stoves and heaters

  • With the instructions label clearly visible (never paint a fire extinguisher)

* Do not forget to read the instructions and familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher. If a fire occurs, it is not the time to learn.

Using a portable fire extinguisher

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the size and type of fire extinguisher you are using. Extinguishers do not all work the same way.

  • Pull the pin - For some models, remove the safety pin

  • Aim low - Aim the nozzle or cone at the base of the fire

  • Press the handle - To release the contents of the fire extinguisher

  • Sweep from one side to the other - While advancing with the fire extinguisher

* Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

Maintenance and refilling 

Did you know that Guard-X is the most recommended company in Quebec for the maintenance and refilling of portable or installed fire extinguishers?

Our maintenance procedure varies according to the fire extinguisher type. If you have a dry chemical extinguisher, for example, you must have it emptied every 5 years.


The law requires that you have your fire extinguishers checked annually by a qualified inspector, such as those at Guard-X Inc., or when an inspection becomes necessary. We also recommend that you perform routine maintenance on a monthly basis.


  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the care and maintenance of your extinguisher.

  • Check the pressure gauge’s reading on the top of the extinguisher to verify that the pressure is optimum for use.

  • After inspecting your dry chemical extinguisher, shake it up and down to make sure that the powder is not compacted or settled.

Annual extinguisher maintenance (at the counter) by a qualified professional:

  • Fire extinguisher maintenance should be done at least once annually – during the hydrostatic pressure test, or whenever an inspection indicates the need.

  • Rechargeable models should be re-inspected and re-certified after each use.

  • Disposable models should only be used once and must be replaced after using.

  • The hydrostatic pressure check must be performed by the date indicated.

  • Have your extinguisher inspected regularly by a qualified professional. Contact Guard-X Inc. today.


All fire extinguishers must be refilled after each use. Our Guard-X Inc. professionals consistently follow all procedures indicated by manufacturers’ standards and instructions.


  • Sodium bicarbonate, foam and pump reservoir: Each year (every 12 months) you must refill the extinguisher with water or chemical products, depending on the extinguisher type.

  • Wetting agent: Standards depend on the manufacturer’s directions. Without fail, the extinguisher must be filled only with the agent indicated on the manufacturer’s material safety data sheet.

  • AFFF: The extinguisher refill must be performed according to manufacturer instructions.

Performing hydrostatic tests

What are hydrostatic tests? These tests ensure that your extinguisher meets the pressure levels required by the manufacturer. When an extinguisher shows signs of corrosion or mechanical damage, a hydrostatic test – always performed by a professional – must be completed, subject to certain conditions of security. We recommend that these tests be performed every 12 years for dry chemical extinguishers and every 5 years for other types of extinguishers.

Call us to learn more about the maintenance of your extinguishers. If maintenance is necessary, a technician at Guard-X Inc. can perform it on-site.

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