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Office of the State Fire Marshal Fire Extinguisher License renewal requirement change. CALSAFE has received a number of phone calls and emails regarding notices sent to Licensees from the OSFM.

Fire Extinguisher Requirements

Do you know the fire extinguisher requirement for an Asphalt Kettle? If you were at the CALSAFE Annual Meeting you would have leaned the answer to this and many more extinguisher requirements that are not in Title 19 but in the California Fire Code. Read more about the requirements from the Fire Code you may not be aware of.”

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Is Purple K Dry Chem the preferred extinguishers to put on Airfield Fuel trucks? We see many that come with White BC and I'd like to recommend replacement at the next hydro.

Regulations do not specify a specific agent for this application. Purple K does have superior knock down and firefighting ability on flammable spill fires. Your recommendation to “upgrade” to a better extinguisher for the hazard is reasonable. Be sure to confirm that the Air Field allows dry chemical to be used around the airplanes as well.


I've read under Amerex Tech Tip #5 that Water Mist type extinguishers are recommended for pool pump rooms or other areas containing chlorine-containing oxidizers. In the past we had used 5.5 BC extinguishers. I can't get a definitive answer from the local AHJ on what is and is not the best option or what will become the standard in the future. Do you have any info or recommendations that could help?

Pool Rooms and other areas that contain Oxidizers have always been challenging. 

The recommendation for Water Mist is to cover the requirement for Type A coverage while understanding there may be Live Electrical involved.  While the Oxidizers are not likely to burn they do influence and can cause other burning material to burn more freely. Be sure to take into account the need for Type B coverage. Also be sure, as always to consider EXITING when placing Fire Extinguishers.  

CALSAFE provided Tech Tips, are prepared by various associates of CALSAFE, are provided with the understanding that they are opinions, and are not to be considered official positon of CALSAFE, or any regulatory body or agency. You should ALWAYS refer to the AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) for final determination.

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