Portable Fire Extinguishers

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  • ULC certified service agency
  • Testing, inspection and recharging of all types of fire extinguishers
  • Dry chemical fire extinguishers can be recharged in our environmentally safe service facility
  • Our service technicians are NAFED trained and certified and provide the highest degree of workmanship


Portable fire extinguishers are intended to be used as a first line of defense to cope with a fire of a limited size. They're needed even if the property is equipped with automatic sprinklers, standpipe and hose, or other fixed fire protection equipment. Portable fire extinguishers are very effective against small fires - but only if equipment is properly placed, efficiently maintained, and used by trained individuals.

Herbert Williams Fire Equipment Ltd is ULC & Transport Canada certified, so you can be confident that any work done to your extinguisher is performed in a proper and highly skilled manner.

To guarantee the safety of your workers and facility as a whole, make sure that you're aware of how often your hand portable extinguisher needs to be repaired, replaced and/or maintained.


  • An inspection or ‘quick check’ that a portable extinguisher is available for use and will operate properly is necessary. This is done by seeing that it is in its designated place, that it has not been actuated or tampered with, and that there is no obvious physical damage or condition to prevent operation.
  • The date of the inspection and initials of the qualified individual performing the inspection should be recorded on the extinguisher’s label or tag (NFPA 10).


  • Carry out maintenance procedures for fire extinguishers (NFPA 10) and manufacturer’s manuals.
  • The date of the inspection and initials of the qualified individual performing the inspection should be recorded on the extinguisher’s label or tag (NFPA 10).

Every Five Years

  • Hydrostatic test of carbon dioxide, K-Guard® and water-type fire extinguishers (NFPA 10).

Every Six Years

(Stored Pressure Dry Chemical Hand portable only)

  • Stored pressure extinguishers that require a 12 year hydrostatic test shall be emptied and subjected to the applicable maintenance procedures

Every Twelve Years

(Stored Pressure and Cartridge Operated hand portables only)

  • Conduct hydrostatic testing of dry chemical and vaporizing liquid fire extinguishers as required (NFPA 10).
  • Do not attempt to hydro-test portable fire extinguishers without training, equipment, and proper regulatory certifications. Frequency is dependent on type and size of extinguisher – contact us for details.

Industry accreditations

Our Certifications & Association Memberships

  • Ansul
  • Canadian fire alarm association
  • NFPA
  • National accociation of fire equipment distributors
  • Pyro-Chem
  • Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada
  • FM Approved

Our advantages

  • Protecting People & Property Since 1908
  • Quality Products at competitive prices
  • Fast Answers to a regulatory compliance issues
  • Risk assessment service
  • Top Performance without compromise
  • Superior service & End-to-end Solutions

Client testimonials

Herbert Williams Fire Equipment Ltd.
Herbert Williams has been supplying our corporation with fire supression equipment for over 10 years. We are very pleased with product quality and the knowledge and level of service is second to none.
Our company selected Herbert Williams for their rock solid reputation and knowledge. Bernie was a true pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any purchasing manager looking for a reliable fire extinguisher, sprinkler systems & fire alarm contractor. 
Francis Black
We can always rely on Herbert Williams for all of our safety storage requirements. This company stands behind its products and Rob is always more than accomadating, especially when a deadline is at stake. Great people to do business with.
Thomas Schwartz