Asked by: Juli Kesselaars
asked in category: General Last Updated: 30th January, 2020

How much clearance is required for fire extinguishers?

All hand-portable fire extinguishers need to have at least 4 inches of clearance between their bottoms and the floor.

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Then, what is the proper height to mount a fire extinguisher as per NFPA 10 guidelines?

NFPA 10, Standard 6.1. No fire extinguisher should ever be mounted less than four inches above the floor.

Subsequently, question is, can a fire extinguisher be blocked? Blocked fire extinguishers are commonplace. Unfortunately, they are also a serious life safety risk for the occupants of any buildings in which they reside. The 30-day manual inspection as mandated by NFPA 10, is not sufficient to ensure fire extinguishers are accessible and available every day.

In this regard, does OSHA require fire extinguishers?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prohibits employees from using a portable fire extinguisher unless they've been trained to recognize when and how to use it. Organizations are required to provide this training when employees are first hired and annually thereafter.

How do I calculate how many fire extinguishers I need?

To calculate how many 13A extinguishers are required, divide the floor area by 200, and round up. Example: floor area 1300 square metres: 1300 ÷ 200 = 6.5 Round up to 7 7 x 13A water based extinguishers.

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