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Keyes Q&A: Installing fire extinguishers, IT closets, active shooter security

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, October 19, 2019

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Each month, Brad Keyes, CHSP, owner of Keyes Life Safety Compliance, answers your questions about life safety compliance. Our editorial advisory board also reviews the Q&A column. Follow Keyes’ blog on life safety at www.keyeslifesafety.com for up-to-date information.  

Fire extinguisher installation

Q: During a review of NFPA 10 Chapter 6 dealing with the installation of portable fire extinguishers, I couldn't find anything that addressed the installation requirements for ABC extinguishers, such as the maximum distance for installation. Can you help?

A: You are correct in saying NFPA 10-2010 does not have a specific standard that explains maximum distance for installation of ABC extinguishers. But they do have standards for maximum travel distance to individual class of extinguishers, such as:

  • Class A: (6.2.1.1) Maximum travel distance: 75 feet
  • Class B: (6.3.1.1) Maximum travel distance: 30 feet or 50 feet, depending on the capacity of the extinguisher and the level of hazard
  • Class C: (6.4.3) Class C fires start with electrical current, but the fire is either a Class A fire or a Class B fire. Maximum travel distance is based on Class A or Class B standards.
  • Class K: (6.6.2) Maximum travel distance: 30 feet

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