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Fire Extinguishers

City Code requires that all commercial establishments must have a fire extinguisher. Depending on the size of the building and type of processes being done, more than one extinguisher may be required. 

Incorrect Size or type for Fire Potential 

Fire extinguishers are rated for the type of fuel that is on fire. Most offices need at a minimum one 2A extinguisher for ordinary combustibles. A 2A-10BC fire extinguisher will be sufficient for most applications. Maximum travel distance to the extinguisher must not exceed 75 feet. 

Instruction Not Located on Front 

In the event that the person using the extinguisher has never been trained to use it, he/she must be able to read the instructions on the front of the extinguisher. 

Incorrectly Tagged or Out of Date 

Extinguishers must be inspected and tagged annually by a registered fire extinguisher service. This insures that the fire extinguisher is in operating condition. If the extinguisher is of the disposable type and cannot be inspected, it must be replaced annually. Because there is no way to test some disposable extinguishers, the user will never know if the extinguisher is going to work when it is needed. 

Incorrectly Placed Above the Floor 

Extinguishers need to be in plain sight with the bottom no less than 4 inches and the top no more than 5 feet from the floor. If the extinguisher is not visible, its location must be clearly marked.