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How Far Away Should Your Commercial Fire Extinguishers Be?

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Many factors play into where your building’s fire extinguishers should be. It is better to be safe than sorry!

When installing commercial fire extinguishers in your building, it is not just to keep your building up to code. These extinguishers will be used to protect your employees, customers, and equipment if there is a fire. According to local fire safety codes and OSHA Standards, your business needs to have a certain amount of commercial fire extinguishers in order to keep it safe. Let’s take a look at how your building’s fire hazard levels dictate the placement and number of fire extinguishers you should have.

Light Fire Hazard: No More Than 75 Feet Apart

A light fire hazard building is one where a fire is unlikely to occur. The materials in the building are most-likely noncombustible and arranged so a fire is unable to spread. These buildings include office spaces, classrooms, and churches.

Ordinary Fire Hazard I: Every 75 Feet

An ordinary fire hazard level one is when your building has a few flammable products on site. But the chances of a fire are very low because of the lack of ignition source. These buildings include fabric stores, post offices, and dry cleaners.

Ordinary Fire Hazard II: Every 30 to 50 Feet

This classification is for buildings where both flammable materials and ignition sources are both present. While a fire is still unlikely to happen, there is always a chance of human error or malicious intent. Examples of this classification include parking garages and hardware stores.

Extra Fire Hazard: Every 30 to 50 Feet

These buildings are more likely to experience a fire because of the flammable materials, combustibles liquids, and/or ignition sources located in the same building. These materials are surrounded by dust and other combustibles that could aid in spreading the fire throughout the building. Businesses like upholstery stores, modular building assembly plants, and plastic processing plants fall in this category.

Commercial Kitchens: Fire Extinguishers Every 30 Feet

Commercial kitchens are at a high risk of fires because of their combustible cooking fuels, high heat, and their fast-paced environment. These things create a very real threat of fire every day and include places like schools, hotels, and restaurant kitchens.

When designing your commercial fire safety plan, it is important to plan out how many commercial fire extinguishers you should have in your building. For more information on purchasing your commercial fire extinguishers, call Fireline today!

Placing Your Commercial Fire Extinguishers with Fireline

At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems to keep commercial kitchens safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.

To get started with Fireline today, or for more information on sprinkler systems call us at 1-800-553-3405, or visit our contact page.

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