As a business owner or manager, you are required by law to keep fire extinguishers handy at your workplace in Long Island City, NY. Once you’ve worked with the Major Fire Protection Corp team to get the right class and number of extinguishers for your building’s size and usage, you’ll need to decide where to place them. Their team of experts offers a few tips to help you place your new fire safety equipment.
3 Important Guidelines for Placing Fire Extinguishers
1. Easily Accessible
Keep the extinguisher in high-traffic areas — such as hallways or meeting spaces — rather than tucking it away inside a bathroom or closet. If the extinguisher is less than 40 pounds, place the bottom at least four inches off the floor and the top no higher than five feet from the floor. If it’s heavier than this, the top of the extinguisher should not be higher than three and a half feet from the floor.
2. Clearly Visible
You don’t want employees wasting valuable time looking for the extinguisher in an emergency, so keep it easily visible. If there’s an obstruction from any direction, use red signage with arrows and lights to show where it is. During safety training, inform employees of all extinguisher locations so they are always aware of the closest extinguisher.
You don’t want extinguishers to be moved or damaged, so mount them on the wall with fire extinguisher brackets. If malicious use is a concern — such as a public area where pranksters will mess with them — you can place the extinguisher inside a glass case. It still needs to be accessible, however, so use either breakable glass with a mallet or an alarmed easy-open case.
It’s difficult to anticipate emergencies, but proper preparation is essential to acting swiftly and preventing damage. The team at Major Fire Protection Corp have everything you need to prevent fires, be prepared for the unexpected, and follow all safety laws at your business. They have been in the business for over two decades and sell fire extinguishers ranging from Class A to K. Contact them at (718) 784-5380 to get an expert’s advice on what your business needs.