When choosing the best portable fire extinguisher for your business, you want to be sure you select the best one for the types of fires that may occur. Halon is considered one of the most effective extinguishing agents because it chemically disrupts combustion and is electrically non-conductive.
At United Fire Protection, our team takes pride in helping your business stay safe and well-guarded against all types and classes of fire. For over 25 years, we’ve been helping the Central Florida area with our expert fire safety knowledge and top-notch service.
Call United Fire Protection today at (407) 218-8348 for your portable fire extinguisher needs!
Are Halon Fire Extinguishers Still Used?
Though production of Halon ceased in 1994 with the Clean Air Act of 1994, Halon is still acceptable for use in fire extinguishers. It is especially useful for protection against Class B and Class C fires, which involve flammable liquids or electrical wiring. Halon leaves behind no residue and can also be effective for Class A fires in some cases.
There are three types of Halon:
- Halon 1301: Usually found in built-in flood systems, Halon 1301 is a gaseous flooding agent.
- Halon 1211: Portable fire extinguishers typically use Halon 1211, a liquid streaming agent that turns to gas when released.
- Halon 1211/1301: Some fire extinguishers may use a blend of Halon 1211/1301.
To install Halon extinguishers in your Central Florida building, contact the team at United Fire Protection today.
Difference Between Halon & Halotron Fire Extinguishers
Halotron® is a gas used in some fire extinguishers as an alternative to Halon. Halotron is less efficient than Halon, but does not have restrictions on production.
Though Halon is no longer being produced, it is available through recycling and is authorized for use in fire extinguishers for its effectiveness in protecting lives and property.
Halon Fire Extinguisher Inspections & Maintenance in Central Florida
Maintaining your portable fire extinguisher is critical to ensure it will function properly in the event of a fire. The maintenance requirements of your Halon fire extinguishers can depend on the type of Halon used in the extinguisher. Halon fire extinguishers require less year-to-year upkeep than other portable fire extinguishers, but they do still need maintenance and inspections:
- Halon 1211/1301 Blend: This type of extinguisher does not require six-year maintenance, hydrostatic testing, or recharging. However, the unit should still be visually inspected by an expert regularly to ensure it is fully charged and operable.
- Halon 1211: Halon 1211 fire extinguishers require annual visual inspections, six-year maintenance, and 12-year hydrostatic testing. They should be visually inspected to verify correct pressure and ensure there are no obstructions to the nozzle. The cylinder should also be weighed to make sure it meets the manufacturer’s weight requirement.
To schedule a fire extinguisher inspection for Halon fire in Central Florida, call United Fire Protection at (407) 218-8348 or contact us online today.
Halon Fire Extinguisher Services in Central Florida
If you’re in need of fire safety solutions, turn to the professionals at United Fire Protection. We have been providing fire protection services in commercial properties throughout the entire Central Florida region since 1994. Family-owned and -operated, we treat our customers with respect and provide high-quality service.
Contact United Fire Protection today for Halon fire extinguisher inspections or service throughout Central Florida.