We’ve put together the top 10 questions about fire extinguisher codes and requirements
Is a service collar required?
Any extinguisher that requires the valve assembly to be removed requires a service collar.This accounts for most extinguishers. Pump tanks and cartridge or cylinder-operated do not require service collars by fire extinguisher codes.Internal examination, recharging, or hydro-static testing all require the valve to be removed.
Are vehicle brackets required?
The answer is yes. Approved, strap-type brackets are required in vehicles.However,they have to be specifically designed for that purpose
Where do extinguisher signs have to be posted?
According to fire extinguisher codes, signs must be close to the extinguisher and visible from the path of travel.
Can you lock extinguisher cabinets?
Actually, you can. Fire extinguisher codes allow you to lock access to fire extinguishers if you are having problems with theft and vandalism. However, you must allow for a quick access method. One example of this would be a glass window.
Why is a new tamper seal installed annually?
There is a pull pin that must be checked for corrosion and proper placement. This ensures that it will work when it needs to. An examination is also needed for the service collar and lever.
Are there different pressure gauges for extinguishers?
You have to use only UL listed replacement gauges that match the original gauge.You have to match the charging pressure and make sure it is able to be used with the extinguisher valve body. The gauge also have to be marked for use with the extinguishing agent.
Do grills require fire extinguishers if they use charcoal?
Yes, they have to have a water extinguisher or a class K extinguisher.
How high can you install a fire extinguisher?
It depends on the weight of the extinguisher. If the gross weight is 40lbs or above, it can’t be installed no more that 5ft from the floor.If it weighs greater than that it has to be installed 3.5ft from the floor.
Is it a requirement that halon extinguishers be removed?
No, although halon is a CFC, it is still allowed to be used according to fire extinguisher codes. This is due there not being a cost effective, safe means of disposing it.For this reason, Halon 1211 is permitted to be installed and serviced.
Where can I go to get caught up on fire extinguisher codes?
NFPA 10 covers installation, inspection, and maintenance for Class A, B, C, D, and K extinguishers.