Regulations

Understanding Fire Code Compliance

NFPA and OSHA establish fire code regulations that every business must abide by. Some of these codes can be difficult to understand or navigate. If you recently had a visit from the fire marshal and have questions about the findings, contact us for the answers. We’ll also make it right before your re-inspection.

Here is a look at the most common regulation questions we hear and their answers.

What are the regulations for fire extinguishers?

OSHA requires that all fire extinguishers undergo a monthly inspection. NFPA requires yearly maintenance. They also require fire extinguishers be emptied at six years for an internal inspection. The NFPA also has stipulations for hydrostatic testing. Dry chemical and halogenated extinguishers need it every twelve years and carbon dioxide and water-based extinguishers every five years.

What regulations do I need to know for my fire suppression system?

The NFPA requires semi-annual maintenance of all fire suppression systems as well as manufacturer’s manual. They also require an internal inspection every six years for dry chemical systems and hydrostatic testing every twelve years.

All fusible and metal alloy links must be replaced every six months. Restaurant suppression systems must also comply with UL300 or equivalent standards.

What requirements does my business need to follow for emergency and exit lighting?

OSHA requires adequate reliable lighting for all exits from your building as well as proper maintenance to assure it works.

NFPA requires specific lighting and performance of emergency and exit to ensure it will remain lit during a fire and/or power outage. A monthly inspection must be performed as well as an annual test to remain compliant.

Are there any regulations for fire alarms in a business?

Businesses are required by OSHA to “install and space fire alarms according to design data obtained from field experience, or tests, engineering surveys, the manufacturer’s recommendations, or a recognized testing laboratory listing.” They are also required to be kept clean and in working order unless undergoing a test.

How can Westminster Fire Extinguisher Services help?

Westminster Fire Extinguisher Services helps businesses maintain these regulations with little effort on your part. We discuss your needs, code requirements, and safety goals to personalize a fire safety and inspection plan that most benefits your business. Once you become one of our clients, the system is put on autopilot so you can continue with your other important responsibilities.

For more information on any of these regulations, visit OSHA or NFPA.