# Your question: How many fire extinguishers do I need OSHA?

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NFPA recommends one 2-A fire extinguisher for every 3,000 square feet. OSHA requires employees to have access to an extinguisher within 75 feet. Employees should have access to a fire extinguisher within either 30 or 50 feet, depending on the hazard in question and the rating of the extinguisher (see below).

## How do I calculate how many fire extinguishers I need?

Size and layout of the room: The square footage of a building and its layout will determine the number of fire extinguishers needed. For example, NFPA code states that there should be no more than 75 feet between fire extinguishers.

## How many fire extinguishers should each home and workplace have?

If your business is spread over several floors there should be at least two fire extinguishers per level. However, if the floor is less than 100m2 in area, then one is acceptable. If an automatic fire suppression system is fitted, you may reduce the number of extinguishers provided.

## How many fire extinguishers are required on site?

There should be a minimum of 2 extinguishers per floor unless the upper floor area is very small, i.e. below 100m2, and in single occupancy, in which case, only one extinguisher is required on the upper floor.

## How many fire extinguishers do I need per square foot?

(a) Fire Extinguishers and Small Hose Lines. (1) A fire extinguisher, rated not less than 2A, shall be provided for each 3,000 square feet of the floor area, or fraction thereof. Where the floor area is less than 3,000 square feet at least one extinguisher shall be provided.

## What are Class A fires?

There are four classes of fires: Class A: Ordinary solid combustibles such as paper, wood, cloth and some plastics. Class B: Flammable liquids such as alcohol, ether, oil, gasoline and grease, which are best extinguished by smothering.

## Which is the most appropriate use for a portable fire extinguisher?

The most widely used type of fire extinguisher is the multipurpose dry chemical that is effective on Class A, B, and C fires. This agent also works by creating a barrier between the oxygen element and the fuel element on Class A fires. Ordinary dry chemical is for Class B and C fires only.

## Where should fire extinguishers be located?

Extinguishers should be placed where they are readily accessible in the event of a fire, which typically includes normal paths of travel.

The regulations state that a minimum of two Class A fire extinguishers on every floor of a building are needed, unless the premises are very small, in which case one may be acceptable. … If there is a sprinkler or automatic suppression system in place, fewer fire extinguishers may be required.

## What is 13 a fire extinguisher?

Fire extinguishers for use on Class A fires, flammable solids such as paper, wood, textiles, are rated on their ability to extinguish test fires. The test rating is clearly displayed on the extinguisher label. … As a general rule one 13A extinguisher covers 200 square meters.

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