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Specifications for use of extinguishers

At this time, there is no Mandate by BC FIRE CODE that requires you to have a Fire Extinguisher(s) in your home, or vehicle, however it is a good recommendation. Your home insurance company may offer a discount if you do have one. It is recommended that hang your extinguisher at 4 feet on a wall nearby your exit. You need to get out first. Minimum Type suggested - 5# ABC (see chart).

It is recommended that you perform monthly and annual checks of your extinguisher(s) as follows:

  1. Monthly
    • Check that the arrow in the gauge is pointing on the green which means it’s charged
    • Check that that there is nothing blocking the nozzle
    • Check that there is no changes (bulges, rust) to cylinder
    • Check that it has not been dropped and / or damaged
  2. Annually - It is recommended that you perform annual checks of your extinguisher(s) as follows: (when you test your smoke detectors)
    • Perform you normal monthly inspection
    • Remove extinguisher from the wall bracket
    • Turn the extinguisher upside down and use a rubber mallet and tap the bottom of the extinguisher, this will prevent the powder from settling
    • Return the extinguisher to the bracket

For the Kitchen

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 10-2002, states you must have a K CLASS rated Portable Fire in addition to your Kitchen Fire Supression system The 6 Liter, K CLASS Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher must be within a 30 foot travel distance from the farthest appliance, be mounted in a clearly visible and accessible location, and a placard identifying the use of the extinguisher shall be conspicuously placed near each portable fire extinguisher in the cooking area.

NFPA 10 2002
4.3.2* Class K Fire Extinguishers for Cooking Oil Fires. Fire extinguishers provided for the protection of cooking appliances that use combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal oils and fats) shall be listed and labeled for Class K fires. Class K fire extinguishers manufactured after January 1, 2002, shall not be equipped with “extended wand–type” discharge devices.  Fire extinguishers installed specifically for the protection of cooking appliances that use combustible cooking media (animal, vegetable oils and fats) prior to June 30, 1998, shall not be required to comply with  4.3.2. (Also see*  A placard shall be conspicuously placed near the extinguisher that states that the fire protection system shall be activated prior to using the fire extinguisher.  Existing dry chemical extinguishers without a Class K listing that were installed for the protection of Class K hazards shall be replaced with an extinguisher having Class K listing when the dry chemical extinguishers become due for either a 6-year maintenance or hydrostatic test.

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