Learn your Fire Codes

Below are the most common codes that we work with on a daily basis. The information contained is not meant to be utilized as a complete interpretation, more as a reference to the most common interpretations and environments. We are happy to provide an exact interpretation and recommendation for your specific environment. Please schedule a no obligation no cost confidential survey.

NFPA 10 — Portable Fire Extinguishers

  • Name: Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • General: To provide to the selection, installation, inspection, maintenance and testing of portable extinguishing equipment
  • Inspection Frequency: monthly
  • Maintenance Frequency: annually

NFPA 13 — Fire Sprinkler Systems

  • Name: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • General: This code provides a range of sprinkler system approaches, design development, alternatives, and component options which are acceptable
  • Inspection Frequency: different components ranging from monthly to annually
  • Maintenance Frequency: annually

NFPA 17 — Dry Chemical Fire Suppression Systems

  • Nme: Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems
  • General: The minimum requirements for dry chemical fire-extinguishing systems which discharges substance from fixed nozzle or hand hose lines
  • Inspection Frequency: monthly
  • Maintenance Frequency: semiannually

NFPA 17A — Wet Chemical Fire Suppression Systems

  • Name: Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems
  • General: Design, installation, operation, testings and maintenance of wet chemical extinguishing systems that discharge substances from fixed nozzles and piping
  • Inspection Frequency: monthly
  • Maintenance Frequency: semiannually

NFPA 25 — Water Based Fire Suppression Systems

  • Name: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
  • General: minimum requirements for periodic inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems

NFPA 70 — General: Electrical Fire Safety

  • Name: National Electrical Code
  • General: Standard for installation of electrical conductors, equipment, and raceways signaling and communications conductors, equipment, and raceways; and optical fiber cables and raceways for the following

NFPA 72 — Fire Protection Security and Monitoring

  • Name: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
  • General: The application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing and maintenance of fire alarm systems for buildings and communities
  • Inspection Frequency: many components ranging from monthly to annually
  • Maintenance Frequency: annually

NFPA 96 — Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Systems

  • Name: Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations
  • General: minimum fire safety requirements related to design, installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance of all public and private cooking operations
  • Inspection Frequency: kitchen hoods inspected for grease buildup monthly to annually depending on the cooking volume
  • Maintenance Frequency: hoods will be cleaned as needed, maintenance will be performed at least annually

NFPA 101 — Life Safety Code

  • Name: Life Safety Code
  • General: To address the construction, protection and occupancy features needed to minimize danger to life from the effects of fire which include smoke, heat and toxic gases

Helpful Hints: Escape Planning

In 2010, there were 369,500 reported structure fires in homes alone. Fires spread rapidly leaving as little as two minutes for escape once the alarm sounds. Your ability to reach safety relies on advanced warning from the alarm system and an escape procedure that has been practiced thoroughly.

Develop Your Plan

Draw escape routes and practice them at least twice per year. Know at least two ways out of every room (if possible) and assure that all windows and doors that lead outside open easily.

In the Event of a Fire

  • Know your plan! Practice Practice Practice!
  • Do NOT use the elevator.
  • Stay low: smoke is highly toxic!
  • Seal yourself in: if escape is not possible gather in a room and seal off doors and vents with duct tape or towels. Report exact location to fire department and wait for their arrival. Stay by the window and do not break the glass; you do not want smoke entering the room from outside.

Fire Demos

When fire extinguishers are provided and made available for employee use, annual training is essential and required per state and federal law including OSHA. We offer a program to satisfy the required codes and educate your employees in the use and care of your fire extinguishers.

Our program consists of classroom training, a demonstration, and a short video. It can also be expanded to include a live controlled fire where your employees will begin to understand how to use an extinguisher in a real fire situation. They will also learn the limitations of an extinguisher and how different sizes and types should be used depending on the hazard. Code compliance and the safety of your employees are paramount to the protection of life, property and your business.

The ideal class size for employee training is 20.

Our program includes:

  • Classroom training and demonstration by a trained technician.
  • The showing of an 18 minute NFPA film designed to effectively train your people
  • Recognition of a fire extinguisher.
  • Selection and suitability of a fire extinguisher.
  • Transportation of a fire extinguisher to the fire.
  • Actuation of the fire extinguisher.
  • Application of the extinguisher agent to the fire.
  • Optional live demonstration and hands on extinguisher use.
  • Position for operation.
  • Removal of restraining and locking device.
  • Starting the discharge of the extinguisher.
  • Agent application.
  • Safe fire extinguishment.

We Will Supply

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Trained personal
  • The 18 minute film
  • All other equipment

At the end of the training, we will remove and dispose all of the materials. We will perform all of this for $175 plus the recharge if you slect the optional live fire demonstration.

Prior to providing the training, we will discuss with you your company’s policy as to when an employee should use an extinguisher and the protocol for notifying the fire department and all necessary personnel. This will enable us to enforce your policy during the training session.

We will stress the importance of life safety and the proper application, size, and type in order to reduce the chance of injury. Our program can be customized to meet your individual needs.