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Fire Extinguisher Requirements

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Our fire programs are designed to help you meet the NFPA 10 standard for extinguishers. Our simplified approach will save you money and give you one less thing to worry about.

Fire Extinguisher Requirements

Depending on your business type and the hazards in your workplace your requirements may change. When starting your fire extinguisher program its important to consult and review information from the following:

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Local Fire Marshall

What is NFPA 10?

The National Fire Protection Association is the governing body that sets up the rules and requirements for fire protection in the workplace.

What are the NFPA 10 requirements?

While extinguishers are extremely simple devices ensuring that they meet NFPA 10 is a different story. Below are some of the requirements outlined in NFPA 10 you should consider when implementing a fire program. While this list represents some of the most popular requirements, it is not a complete representation of the standard. It is important to consult the standard and your local fire marshal.

  • Monthly visual inspections
  • Annual functional inspections
  • Extinguisher location
  • Signed/written documentation
  • Internal maintenance
  • Hydrostatic testing

What is 29 CFR 1910.157?

29 CFR 1910.157 outlines the rules and requirements for location, type, use, maintenance, and testing of portable fire extinguishers in the workplace. CFR 29 1910.151 (e. 1-2) states:

“The employer shall be responsible for the inspection, maintenance and testing of all portable fire extinguishers in the workplace.

Portable extinguishers or hose used in lieu thereof under paragraph (d)(3) of this section shall be visually inspected monthly.”