Updates to NFPA 10, Portable Fire Extinguishers

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The National Fire Protection Association is a global nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. NFPA is widely known for its codes and standards which establish criteria for building, processing, design, service, and installation of fire protection systems. Several NFPA codes are being updated for 2017, here we will discuss some of the changes to NFPA 10, which covers Portable Fire Extinguishers.

All fire extinguishers must be given a brief visual inspection each month and a thorough annual inspection. Testing and servicing is required on a regular basis, the timing depends on the type of extinguishers you have. All fire extinguishers should be serviced or replaced after use.

 

Tamper Seals

A.7.3.2.2 was updated to say if a tamper seal is found to be missing from a non-rechargeable extinguisher, the extinguisher should be removed from service. This primarily affects extinguishers not purchased from a professional life safety company, as after the extinguisher has been used (and the tamper seal removed for use) the extinguisher will need to be disposed of and replaced. If you have rechargeable fire extinguishers and a Life Safety Partner performing regular inspections and maintenance of them, then you partner will be able to collect, service, and refill your extinguisher after use which will include replacing the tamper seal.

Wheeled Extinguisher Hoses

7.7.1 requires wheeled extinguisher hose to be uncoiled and examined on annual basis. A.7.7.1.1 updated to support rapid deployment without kinking. Your Life Safety Partner should add this to your regular annual inspections.

Extinguishers Covers and Strap-Type Brackets

Extinguisher protective covers are now specifically recommended for extinguishers susceptible to environmental damage (A.6.1.3.7). Consult your Life Safety Partner for covers or special mounting equipment, like strap type vehicle brackets.

Extinguisher Signs

Extinguishers must be installed in locations so extinguishers are visible (6.1.3.3.1). An exception (6.1.3.3.2) requires signs or other means be installed where visual obstructions can’t be avoided. Signs are to be installed in close proximity to these extinguishers, visible from path of travel. Check to make sure all of your extinguishers are properly marked.

Obsolete Extinguishers

All extinguishers manufactured before 1955 are now considered obsolete (4.4.11.4.4.1) requires all pre-1984 dry chemical stored pressure extinguishers to be replaced immediately.

 

This information is based on first and second draft revisions to the NFPA code for 2017. A1 strives to ensure the information we provide in our blogs is accurate, the information we provide is based on research and our understanding of State Fire Codes and NFPA regulations. You should always review the complete NFPA standards and local codes for where you are, as local and state requirements may differ.

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Will Buchholz

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Posted on: November 1, 2016

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