Serving the Bay Area since 1980

Services

Fire Extinguishers

At Nickell Fire Protection we specialize in a wide variety of fire extinguishers. From traditional fire extinguishers to more specialized fire suppression systems we can sell, service, or install them all. If you are a new business needing to install new fire extinguishers or in need of your monthly or yearly inspections we make the process hassle-free.

Fire extinguishers should be visually inspected every month. This can be done by you, or a member of your staff. While visual inspections are fairly quick and easy, many customers have us handle these inspections. By handling these inspections we provide not only an experienced eye but documentation that your fire extinguishers are in working condition.

An annual inspection is mandated by state codes. For the annual inspection, we come to your place of business and inspect every fire extinguisher. Each extinguisher is visually inspected and weighed. We examine the body for any damage or defect, perform a pressure check, verify the safety seal is still in place, and check all components to ensure proper functionality. Finally we replace all service tags. We also verify the extinguisher is of the correct type for the area, as well as the hazard it is protecting against. It is vital to use the proper extinguisher for a specific hazard.

We are a DOT-certified hydrostatic testing facility. We provide service to the following types of extinguishers:
  • Dry Chemical (ABC/ / BC)
  • Halon / Halotron
  • Water / Mist
  • Foam (AFFF/FFFP)
  • Kitchen (Class K)
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Metal X (Class D)
  • Purple K

If you need to schedule service, you may do so through email or phone.

Fire extinguisher Training

How many times have you, or your employees every actually had to use a fire extinguisher? The instructions make it seem fairly simple, but in an emergency, people can panic or not take time to understand the instructions. Merely having the equipment on hand is not enough, especially when a fire can quickly become a catastrophic disaster.

Growing your team’s confidence so they can quickly and effectively act in an emergency can be a vital part of a fire safety plan. Training is a big part of our passion for helping you to protect your people and your business. We make it easy for you by providing a thorough hands-on course. All of our courses are done in a safe learning environment and make use of fire simulations to better prepare your staff to act decisively in an emergency. Beyond just teaching the skills to properly deploy a fire extinguisher we also instruct on the basics of fire extinguisher locations common fire hazards, proper procedures, safe evacuation routes, and more.

Each course includes an overview of the common types of fire protection equipment. We can also tailor our course to the specifics of your company’s fire protection plan. We will discuss how to use the most common extinguisher types and how to make the best use of them in an emergency. We will review your current fire evacuation procedures to ensure everyone understands how they should respond in the event of an emergency, and teach you about the different classes of fires.

Proper fire prevention starts well before the day a fire starts, and our training takes this into mind. We will educate your staff on the most common causes of fires to stop fires before they start. We will conduct fire hazard awareness training, as emergency preparedness training, as well as train on the P.A.S.S. method. Our training course will prepare your staff to act quickly safely, and decisively in the event of a fire.

Sprinkler Systems

Only highly trained professionals should inspect your sprinkler system. Our experts are on call 24 hours a day to meet your needs. You can depend on us for the following services:
  • 5-year Certification
  • Quarterly Inspections
  • Repairs & Additions
  • Annual Inspections
  • Wet Systems
  • Dry Systems
  • Standpipes

To get through to our sprinkler department, click "contact" above and send us an email. We do not do residential buildings.

Emergency Lighting

It is imperative that emergency lights and exit signs are inspected annually. As with fire extinguishers, Nickell Fire Protection, Inc. can keep you in compliance with safety codes and ensure that these emergency lights provide life saving illumination during earthquakes, power outages, or other emergencies.

Training & Demonstrations

Employee training is an essential part of an effective fire safety plan. We will come to your facility, train your employees to properly use extinguishers, and let each of them put out a live fire. It is required by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) encourages States to develope and operate their own job safety and health programs. The knowledge that is gained from training and demonstrations are essential in fire safety preparedness.

If interested or have any questions, please feel free to email or give us a call.

For more information and scheduling, please email or call Pete Ramirez

peter@nickellfire.com
(408)437-6039

Exit sign

We can handle all of your monthly and yearly inspections mandated by the National Fire Protection Association under California code.  Our hassle-free inspections ensure you have all needed documentation to be in compliance with the relevant codes. Additionally, we provide thorough reports for your records in the event they are needed either for the fire department or your insurance company.

During our inspections, we will inspect, repair, and replace your exit sign fixtures if needed. Monthly tests can typically be completed in under 5 minutes, which means minimal disruption to your business. If a fixture is not working we will diagnose the problem, and repair or replace it as needed.

Annual tests take a minimum of 90 minutes to complete due to requiring a stricter testing procedure. The statutes requiring the battery backup to be functional for a full 90 minutes in the event of a loss of power. While the test can be time-consuming, it should not result in any disruption of your business.  We start by visually inspecting and labeling every fixture of every exit light and then turning on the battery backup system.  As the exit signs finish their tests we will go back through and document all the results. From there we make any needed repairs or replacements and provide you all needed documentation of the test. .

Fire Extinguisher Inspections

To ensure your Fire extinguishers are ready to be used in an emergency the NFPA requires an inspection every month.  While visual inspections are fairly quick and easy, many customers have us handle these inspections. During each inspection, our technician will start with a visual inspection of the unit. After this, they will clean the extinguisher, check the pull pin, and inspect the hose as well as the seals. Finally, they will provide documentation that each of your fire extinguishers were in proper working order at the time of inspection.

An annual inspection is mandated by state codes. For the annual inspection, we come to your place of business and inspect every fire extinguisher. Each extinguisher is visually inspected and weighed. We examine the body for any damage or defect, perform a pressure check, verify the safety seal is still in place, check all components to ensure proper functionality and replace all service tags.  We may perform internal maintenance and hydrostatic testing depending on the age of the fire extinguisher.

Stored pressure ABC extinguishers are the most common and do require extra maintenance at the 6 and 12-year marks.  Every six years ABC extinguishers should undergo internal maintenance on the internal components. At the twelve-year mark, hydrostatic testing should be performed. Other types of extinguishers may vary in their internal examination and testing intervals. Our technicians are fully trained to perform any necessary maintenance.

Finally, our technicians will verify the extinguisher is of the correct type for the area, as well as the hazard it is protecting against. It is vital to use the proper extinguisher for a specific hazard. If the extinguisher is not of the proper type our technicians will make recommendations on how to best protect against the potential hazard.

Fire Sprinkler Systems Inspections

Every Fire Sprinkler System inspection begins with a visual inspection of the equipment. Many common problems have symptom we can identify with a visual study. After this we progress to a through physical inspection of the equipment to ensure it is working properly. Finally we will certify the inspection has been completed, and the equipment is working properly.

We offer a variety of services including both regular inspections, quarterly inspections, yearly inspections, 5 year inspections, and emergency service. Quarterly Inspections can be required depending on your sprinkler system, NFPA or your local AHJ requirements. Yearly Inspections are more common, and heavily recommended. Every year our technician will fully inspect your sprinkler system. This inspection includes an examination of your hanger, pipe fittings, sprinkler heads, value supervisory alarm devices, information signage, hydraulic nameplate, mechanical devices and more.

NFPA 25 requires an internal inspection of fire sprinkler system piping every five years. This is designed to inspect for the presence of foreign organic and inorganic material that may obstruct the pipes in an emergency. We are happy to schedule your inspections to make sure your system is ready to go in an emergency. Finally we offer emergency service, and we are always on call to help you diagnose and repair system problems

  • (01) Visual Inspection
  • (02) Physical Inspection
  • (03) Certify
YOUR INSPECTION FREQUENCY CAN VARY

From pre-action and deluge to foam-water and standpipe, there are many sprinkler system types on the market today –– and your inspection frequency depends on the type of system you have, as well as your local AHJ requirements. Be sure to consult with your state and local AHJ to find out the required inspection frequency for your system.

We Offer:
  • Emergency Service: We’re on call to help you diagnose and repair system problems.
  • Quarterly Inspections: Depending on your sprinkler system, NFPA or your local AHJ may require quarterly sprinkler service.
  • Yearly Inspections: Every year, our technician will help inspect your hanger, pipe fittings, sprinkler heads, value supervisory alarm devices, information signage, hydraulic nameplate, mechanical devices and more.
  • 5 year Inspections: NFPA 25 requires an internal inspection of fire sprinkler system piping every five years. This is to be conducted to inspect for the “presence of foreign organic and inorganic material.” Foreign materials can cause obstructions to pipe and sprinklers.

Restaurant and Industrial Systems

At Nickell Fire Protection we are experienced in working with the Ansul fire suppression products.  Commercial kitchens and restaurants are designed for high traffic, with a large amount of heat and open flames. Due to the number of sources of fire more robust fire protection systems are required.

Anyone working in a restaurant or cafeteria is used to seeing the kitchen hoods as well as the suppressions systems.  These systems are vital to protecting your customers, your staff, and your business from fire hazards.  If you are a new business in need of a full installation of a new system or your six-month semi-annual inspection we will handle it quickly and hassle-free.

As an owner, there are some things you will want to do to reduce your risks from fire damage. First, keep all of your kitchen equipment free of grease build-up by ensuring a proper cleaning schedule. Always run your exhaust system while the stove is hot. This includes periods where your stoves are pre-heating and cooling.  Always ensure your filters and clean, and in place with unrestricted air intake passages for the exhaust system. Never use a flammable solvent or cleaner for cleaning appliances or hoods. Finally, never block your fire suppression discharge nozzles, and never move appliances without consulting an authorized service company.  It is vital that your fire suppression system be clean and able to quickly put out any fires.

For a semi-annual inspection, we test all areas of the equipment. It is vital employees have the area cool and not in use. Employees should be aware of the fire inspection date so that all equipment is ready to be inspected. During the inspection, the fire alarm system will be disabled and extra care should be taken. Always make sure your staff is fully aware that tests will be run, and the normal systems will be unavailable.

The tests themselves are fairly straightforward. First, we test the gas valve, and then disable the gas or electrical system. Once everything is off we begin a full inspection and test of the internal mechanics of the system.  From there we simulate a fire to test the system electronically responds properly. During this process, we do not actually activate the system ensuring there will be no damage and minimal disruption to your business. Once the tests are complete you will be able to quickly resume food preparation.  Finally, we will provide thorough documentation of the successful tests for your records. This includes properly marked tags on the equipment, notes of any repairs or problems, as well as a Commercial Cooking System Service and Inspection Report left on site and sent to the local fire department for your convenience.

Kitchen Suppression System

Restaurant and commercial kitchens require their own set of safety considerations — after all, they’re a common place for open flames, high heat and potential fires. Restaurant kitchen hood fire suppression systems require a semi-annual inspection to ensure top performance — and safety — for employees and customers alike.

Inspecting restaurant kitchen hood fire protection systems for proper function requires more than just a visual overview or a system test. Proper maintenance from a factory authorized, trained service technician is essential for compliance and warranty.

Owner’s role

By observing some fundamental rules, you can greatly reduce the risk of serious fire damage.

  • Keep all kitchen equipment free of grease build-up
  • Always run the exhaust system during appliance preheat, cooking and cooling
  • Never operate exhaust systems without filters in place
  • Never restrict air intake passages for the exhaust system
  • Never use flammable solvents or cleaners on appliances or hoods
  • Never block fire suppression discharge nozzles with pans, shelves or other objects
  • Perform regular grease removal from the hood, filters and duct system
  • Never move or reconfigure appliances without consulting an authorized service company first
  • Inspect your system semi-annually as required, with an authorized service provider
Before the inspection date

Always make sure that all staff members are aware of the scheduled date and time of the service and inspection. Cooking equipment must be cool and not in use prior to the inspection. Notify anyone who could be involved or effected. Also, make sure that everyone present at the location is aware that fire alarm must be taken out of service during the service and inspection time period.

Here’s what to expect from your authorized service provider

The fire alarm and monitoring system must be taken out of service to avoid false alarm activation during the service and inspection period.

The inspection and service process

Service Technicians will perform the following:

  • Visually inspect appliance location and layout for nozzle coverage
  • Visually inspect all surface, duct and plenum nozzles
  • Verify there are no signs the system has been activated or tampered with
  • Check pressure gauges for proper PSI
  • Take system out of service to avoid discharge of agent
  • Test the detection line by cutting a fusible link
  • Change fusible links twice a year as required fire safety
  • Replace protective blow off caps as needed
  • Test proper operation of gas shutoff valve(s)
  • Test proper operation of micro switch(s)
  • Test proper operation of the remote pull station
  • Verify activation of system activates fire alarm system
  • Check for system 12 Year test dates
  • Document any discrepancies and need for repairs
  • Verify distributor emergency contact information is on system
  • Inspection and service tag properly completed and attached to system
  • Put the cooking system back into service
  • Verify the fire alarm system is placed back into operation
After the inspection: Documentation

Upon final approval and completion of the inspection and service, your service technician will provide documentation of compliance.

Documentation should include:
  • New properly marked service tag on equipment
  • Notes of any repairs that were made
  • Notes of any discrepancies that need to be addressed
  • A Commercial Cooking System Service and Inspection Report, left on site and sent to the local fire department

Backflow Test & Certification of Backflow Devices

To better meet all of your business safety and testing needs we are proud to announce we are now fully certified backflow prevention test specialists. All backflow prevention devices have a required backflow test for certification every year. Your local water municipality should contact you annually for the required backflow device test & certification. When you are contacted we will be happy to schedule a test and explain everything you need to do.

Backflow Prevention Installation & Repair of Backflow Devices

In addition to testing, we can also install and repair backflow devices. A Backflow device is often able to be repaired at a lower cost than replacing an entire backflow device. However if necessary we are fully certified to install all types of backflow devices. We’ll test the backflow device to assure it is currently performing all the backflow prevention functions the particular device is designed to do. We will assess your particular backflow device situation and recommend the best solution.

Accessories

In addition to a wide variety of fire extinguishers, we carry a full line of fire extinguisher accessories to meet your needs. This can be everything from fire extinguisher cabinets, fire hoses, and hose cabinets, to sprinkler heads for overhead systems.  If you are building or remodeling your business we can assist you in selecting the correct extinguishers and accessories necessary to ensure full code compliance.

946 North 7th Street San Jose, CA 95112

408-437-6039

info@nickellfireprotecion.com

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