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PDFWAC 110-145-1690

What are the requirements for fire extinguishers?

(1) You must have at least one approved 2A10BC-rated 5lb or larger all-purpose (ABC) fire extinguisher readily available at all times. You must maintain and service fire extinguishers according to manufacturer's specifications. Approved 2A10BC-rated means a fire extinguisher with an underwriters' laboratory label on the nameplate classifying the extinguisher as 2A10BC-rated or larger.
(2) Approved fire extinguisher(s) must be located in the area of the normal path of exiting. The maximum travel distance to an extinguisher from any place on the premises must not exceed seventy-five feet. When the travel distance exceeds seventy-five feet, additional extinguisher(s) are required.
(3) You must have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of a multilevel facility.
(4) Fire extinguishers must:
(a) Be mounted in a bracket or in a fire extinguisher cabinet so that the top of the extinguisher is no more than five feet above the floor; and
(b) Receive an annual maintenance certification by a licensed firm specializing in this work, based on the manufacturer's recommended schedule. Maintenance means a thorough check of the extinguisher for:
(i) Mechanical parts;
(ii) Extinguishing agent; and
(iii) Expelling means.
(5) New fire extinguishers do not need to receive an additional certification test during the first year.
(6) The department may require that additional fire extinguishers be available on the premises, in consultation with the local fire authority or WSP/FPB.
[WSR 18-14-078, recodified as § 110-145-1690, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18. Statutory Authority: Chapters 13.34 and 74.13 RCW, RCW 74.15.030(2), 74.15.311(2), 74.13.032, 13.04.011, 74.13.020, 13.34.030, 74.13.031, 13.34.145, 74.15.311, 74.15.030, and 2013 c 105. WSR 15-01-069, § 388-145-1690, filed 12/11/14, effective 1/11/15.]
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