How much clearance is needed around a fire extinguisher?

Most authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) will expect at least 36-inches clearance in front of the extinguisher as long as it is still visible. They “borrow” this 36-inch clearance measurement from NFPA 70-2011, Article 110.26 for electrical control panels.

Can a fire extinguisher be blocked?

NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers states that fire extinguishers “shall be…. readily accessible and immediately available in the event of fire.” And also that “Fire extinguishers shall not be obstructed or obscured from view.”

How many feet does it take to clear a fire extinguisher?

Placement of portable fire extinguishers for Class B fires

Extinguisher Spacing
5-B 30 feet
10-B 50 feet
10-B 30 feet
20-B 50 feet

Which of these is an OSHA rule for fire extinguisher placement?

However, in OSHA’s e-Tool for Evacuation Plans and Procedures, the agency states the following: “To prevent fire extinguishers from being moved or damaged, they should be mounted on brackets or in wall cabinets with the carrying handle placed 3-1/2 to 5 feet above the floor.

Should fire extinguishers be wall mounted?

Extinguishers should be located in conspicuous positions, available at all times for immediate use and fitted on brackets or stands where they will be readily seen by any person following an escape route. Fire extinguishers should be securely hung on wall brackets.

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How many fire extinguishers do you need per square foot?

(a) Fire Extinguishers and Small Hose Lines. (1) A fire extinguisher, rated not less than 2A, shall be provided for each 3,000 square feet of the floor area, or fraction thereof. Where the floor area is less than 3,000 square feet at least one extinguisher shall be provided.

Can I put something in front of a fire extinguisher?

No, a clear floor space needs to be provided in front of fire extinguishers to allow easy access.

Can I store fire extinguisher horizontally?

While modern extinguishers can be stored horizontally (the contents are under pressure and the angle of storage will not cause the system to leak), proper fire extinguisher storage includes using the appropriate mounting brackets to keep the extinguisher within easy access.

What is the OSHA standard for fire extinguishers?

NFPA recommends one 2-A fire extinguisher for every 3,000 square feet. OSHA requires employees to have access to an extinguisher within 75 feet. Employees should have access to a fire extinguisher within either 30 or 50 feet, depending on the hazard in question and the rating of the extinguisher (see below).

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