Over the past two months, the most common request for information has been on fire extinguishers in local businesses. Here is some basic information:
- Fire extinguishers are required in all businesses. For most businesses, a 5# fire extinguisher will meet the minimum requirements. Those businesses with a higher risk for fire or flammable processes may require larger extinguishers.
- Fire extinguishers must be kept in a visible location with easy access. If a fire starts, time is of the essence, and having the fire extinguisher in the open will save precious seconds. The code requires maximum travel distance to a fire extinguisher to be less than 75 feet.
- Fire extinguishers must be maintained, inspected, and tagged annually.
Many businesses specialize in fire extinguisher maintenance and inspection. The Newton Fire Department does not provide fire extinguisher services. Locally, Gralnek-Dunitz Co. (641-792-1484) sells and inspects fire extinguishers. You can search online for other companies that provide this service.