After doing some research on NFPA-10 for fire extinguishers, I could not find an obstruction code of how far away items/objects should be from a fire extinguisher. I know in the past it was 36", but I could not find it.
The standard states the extinguishers cannot be obstructed or obscured from view. It also states that in large volume spaces where visual obstacles cannot be avoided, means shall be provided to identify the extinguisher's location.
The definition of obstructed or obscured is generally not defined in the standards (although NFPA 70 has provided guidance on what "line of sight" should be)
So the guidance used is you need to be able to readily see where there is an extinguisher. the triangular signs above the unit are recommended. And a person needs to be able to stand in front of the unit, open the cabinet door and retrieve the extinguisher without effort.
I really appreciate your help. If you had to use a certain code to enforce this, which one would work best?
NFPA 10...you should look at your local building code/fire code to see what edition of NFPA 10 is adopted.
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