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Fire prevention during hot work. How close does a fire extinguisher need to be to the area in which you are welding, cutting.. etc...?

Question asked by Meredith Tatem on Feb 10, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 12, 2017 by Michael Lonigro

Fire prevention during hot work. How close does a fire extinguisher need to be to the area in which you are welding, cutting.. etc...?

 

I have read through NFPA 51B,  and ANSI 249.1. Both documents state that there should be fire prevention equipment available, but it does not specify how close the proximity should be.

 

I work in a Manufacturing plant. We have fire extinguishers on many walls but when Maintenance personnel weld on the production floor, a fire extinguisher is not next to them.

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