Portable Fire Extinguishers for Commercial/Business Use
For Fire Extinguishers used in commercial/business use. The Fire Marshal is charged with ensuring that occupancies are properly outfitted with portable fire extinguishers and that they are placed in the right locations.
Fire extinguishers are required in the followingoccupancy types within the city limits:
- Ambulatory Health Care, Health care
- Apartments, Hotels, Dormitories, Lodging and rooming
- Industrial, Businesses, Assemblies, Mercantile, Storage
- Day cares, Churches, Educational, Detention and Correctional
- Mobile Food Trucks, Mobile Food Vendors
- Occupancies in special structures
- Or in accordance with the 2018 International Fire Code Section 906.1.
Fire extinguishers are not required in residential one-and two family dwellings unless required for Foster/Adoption homes.
All portable fire extinguishers must be selected, installed, and maintained in accordance with 2018 International Fire Code Section 906.2 and NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers.
All portable fire extinguishers must be inspected and tagged annually by a State Certified Fire Extinguisher Company. A list is provided by the Texas State Fire Marshal's Officer here at this address: https://appscenter.tdi.texas.gov/reports/p/sfmo
The portable fire extinguisher must be a type 3A40/BC or 2A10/BC fire extinguisher. The portable fire extinguisher must be mounted on a wall or post that is visible to personnel and public, top of extinguisher cannot be more than 5 feet from the ground. Must be installed as per building plans on file and approved by the fire code official.
Lastly, Employers need to prepare for emergencies. Make sure smoke alarms and fire protection systems are properly installed, serviced, inspected, and working. Post clear fire escape plans and teach employees about exit locations, escape routes, and fire protection equipment. Establish an educational program to familiarize your employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use. Conduct regular emergency drills and develop an emergency action plan.
The above information should be used as an guideline and is not all inclusive. You can contact the Fire Marshal for guidance and questions.