Fire Extinguisher Clearance Requirements in Schools

Fire codes, domestic fire safety and laws relating to fire safety have been in place for decades seeking to limit damage, injury and loss of life due to fire. Schools are especially vulnerable because they house children. Schools are large and busy places where fire protection plays an important part to keep students, teachers, and other staff safe.

Fire extinguishers are an essential part of the fire safety plan for any school. You have seen these in any school hallway. It should be located in conspicuous, readily accessible location and should be in a built-in cabinet near the alarm pull. It is a requirement that it should have a surrounding clearance of a minimum of 1000mm be maintained around each extinguisher. In no instance should the alarm pull or the fire extinguisher access be blocked or hidden. Schools are expected to maintain and test fire safety equipment like alarm manual pull stations and fire extinguishers.  

The requirements for the location of fire extinguishers is governed by the Australian standard AS2444. There are no simple rules to follow because each building is different, both in its layout, and fire risks. Here are some general guidelines:

Fire extinguishers location, mounting, and display

 

Extinguisher mounting wall bracket heights

 

school fire extinguisher
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  • Max – 1200mm from floor to top of extinguisher handle
  • Min – 100mm from floor to bottom of extinguisher

Location and display of sign

 

fire extinguisher at school
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  • Min – 2000mm above floor level.
  • At a point that makes them most apparent to a person of average height & visual acuity.
  • The extinguisher or extinguisher sign shall be clearly visible for up to 20 metres on approach.
  • The size of the sign shall be determined by location on and distance at which the sign must be legible.
  • A minimum of one Pictorial or location sign must be provided above or adjacent to an extinguisher even if indicating the location of multiple or a mixed group of extinguishers.
  • The extinguisher and fire point location signs shall have a symbol, border and letters in white on a red field, complying with Australian Standard (AS) 2700.
  • The Australian Standard (AS) 2444 Portable Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets selection and location will provide comprehensive and specific information.
  • It is also recommended that you have a square instruction disc (ID – SIGN) directly above the extinguisher wall bracket. Even though these details are on the portable fire extinguisher they can get covered up with stickers etc blocking the instructions

All schools should have a comparable fire safety policy and procedure. For correct installation of your portable fire extinguishers and safety equipment please call FCF Fire Electrical Darwin today and get a free quote.

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