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Top 5 Fire Extinguisher Codes to Know


Fire extinguishers are a vital part of any fire safety plan, and it's essential to be familiar with the fire codes that govern their use. Being familiar with the fire codes that apply to your workplace or home is essential. By following these codes, you can help ensure that you have the proper fire extinguishers in place and know how to use them safely.

Here are five fire codes you should know about fire extinguishers to keep your people and property as safe as possible.

NFPA 10: Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers

NFPA 10 is the national standard for portable fire extinguishers. This standard covers fire extinguishers' design, construction, performance, testing, maintenance, placement, and signage requirements. NFPA 10 also ensures that your extinguisher is ready for use. Initially, extinguishers must be inspected upon installation and then monthly going forward.

NFPA 12: Standard on Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems

NFPA 12 provides a set of requirements designed to guarantee the proper functioning of carbon dioxide fire-extinguishing systems throughout their lifespan. This standard is primarily intended for professionals involved in the design, operation, and maintenance of such systems.

NFPA 17: Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems

The NFPA 17 standard outlines the minimum criteria for performing and installing dry chemical extinguishing systems. This standard aims to ensure the effectiveness of dry chemical extinguishing systems throughout their intended lifespan. It provides guidance and requirements for those involved in the design, operation, and maintenance of such systems, with the goal of protecting lives and property from fire hazards.

NFPA 17A: Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems

NFPA 17A's primary objective is to ensure that wet chemical extinguishing systems operate effectively and reliably throughout their service life. This standard covers system design, installation, inspection, maintenance, and training.

OSHA Regulation 1910.157

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was implemented to ensure all workplaces are safe and healthy for employees. It established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and authorized it to enforce and enact regulations defining workplace safety standards. OSHA has adopted regulation 1910.157, titled "Portable Fire Extinguishers" (29 CFR 1910.157). This regulation sets requirements for the placement, use, maintenance, and testing portable fire extinguishers in workplaces. Employers must provide fire extinguishers that are mounted, located, and labeled as "readily accessible" to employees. 

Here are some additional tips for fire extinguisher safety:

  • Choose the correct type of fire extinguisher for your needs. Different types and classes of fire extinguishers exist for different kinds of fires.
  • Make sure that your fire extinguishers are properly maintained. Fire extinguishers should be inspected regularly and serviced as needed.
  • Place your fire extinguishers in visible and accessible locations. Fire extinguishers should be placed where they can be easily reached during a fire.
  • Train your employees on the use of fire extinguishers. All employees should be trained on how to use a fire extinguisher safely.

When it comes to fire protection and life safety, there are a lot of codes and regulations to keep in mind – and a preferred fire protection company is there to help.

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