Guidelines & Regulations

Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers required per floor area and story, mounted between 3½ and 5 feet from the top of the extinguisher to the floor and shall be installed as follows: 
  • Offices, schools, churches, apartment, and the like require one fire extinguisher classified 2A,10B:C per 3,000 square feet accessible within 75 feet of travel.
  • Restaurants, retail shops, storage, light manufacturing, laboratories, parking garages, workshops and warehouses typically require one fire extinguisher classified 2A,10B:C per 1,500 square feet accessible within 75 feet of travel.
  • Gasoline stations, commercial kitchens, and special hazards or operations require an extinguisher with higher classifications and shorter travel distances. Please check with the fire department for these requirements.
  • State law requires all extinguishers to be serviced annually by a licensed contractor. A service collar must be present on the extinguisher.
Fire Systems
Fire systems shall be as follows: 
  • Fire sprinkler/standpipe system shall be serviced and certified every 5 years.
  • Engineered fire extinguishing systems (hood & duct, CO2, dry chemical) shall be serviced every 6 months.
  • Fire alarm systems shall be serviced annually.
  • Installation or modifications to fire protection systems must be approved and permitted through fire prevention.
Storage shall not be:
  • Within 18 inches of the bottom or horizontally to the sprinkler deflector.
  • Within 24 inches of the ceiling where there are no sprinklers installed.
  • Combustible and kept within 18” of a heat source.
  • Combustible and kept within electrical or mechanical rooms.
  • Obstructing exit doors or paths to exits.
Extension Cords
  • Shall not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.
  • Use only with portable appliances.
  • Shall not be affixed to structures, extend through walls, ceiling, floors, under doors or floor coverings or subject to physical damage.
  • Shall be in good condition with damage, splices or deterioration.
  • Use power taps in lieu of extension cords. Must plug directly into outlet.
Exits, Doors & Signage
  • Exit width of aisles, hallway, stairways, etc. must not be obstructed.
  • Exit signs and emergency lighting must be operational.
  •  Exit doors must open with one action, no dead bolts, no special effort, knowledge or key.
  • Fire doors must be maintained closed, latched and with smoke gaskets.
Premise Identification
  • Address number must be visible from street and on contrasting background.
Smoke Detectors
  • Check monthly, replace batteries twice per year. Install in bedrooms and hallways.
Exit Drills
  • Know 2 ways out, check for heat/smoke, have meeting area, never go back in.