NFPA 10 Updated – Portable Fire Extinguishers

NFPA 10, the Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, has just been updated.  The new 2018 Edition is available now from Document Center Inc. in both paper format and for pdf download.  It replaces the previous 2013 Edition which is now obsolete.

The first NFPA standard on this topic was published in 1921.  Over the years, the publication has seen a number of changes.  However, it remains the primary standard for portable fire extinguishers in the U.S.

It provides the minimum requirements for the selection, installation, inspection, maintenance, recharging and testing of both portable fire extinguishers and also Class D extinguishing agents.  Please note:  You may need to meet additional NFPA requirements for some specific occupancies.

The 2018 Edition has clarifications on a number of topics.  These include:

  • Electric monitoring,
  • Obsolete extinguishers,
  • Installation of extinguishers in areas with oxidizers,
  • extinguishers signs and mounting equipment (including cabinets)

Additionally there are new requirements for maintenance of hose stations, marking of Class AC and AK extinguishers, and updated Annexes reflecting current extinguisher types and ratings.

The NFPA 10 remains organized into 8 Chapters, beginning with the usual administrative, referenced documents, and definition sections.  The remainder of the chapters cover general requirements, selection, installation, maintenance (including inspection and recharging), and hydrostatic testing.  There are an additional 11 Annexes and an Index in this 77-page standard.

You’ll want to purchase a copy from an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc.  You can search for and order the NFPA standards at our webstore,  Here is a direct link to the order page for NFPA 10 for your convenience.

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