Fire Extinguisher Requirements for Businesses

fireextinguishers_5The International Fire Code, as adopted by the City of Springfield, requires businesses to install portable fire extinguishers. This includes apartment buildings and other multi-family structures with more than two units.

Where they should be installed:

  • Within 75 feet of travel.
  • Within 30 feet of commercial cooking equipment.
  • In areas where flammable or combustible liquids are stored, used or dispensed.
  • Special-hazard areas, including but not limited to laboratories, computer rooms and generator rooms, where required by the fire code official.

Other requirements:

  • Fire extinguishers should be in a conspicuous location.
  • They should be unobstructed and unobscured.
  • Cabinets used to house portable fire extinguishers should not be locked.
  • Extinguishers weighing less than 40 pounds should be no more than 5 feet above the floor.  Extinguishers weighing more than 5 feet should be no more than 3.5 feet above the floor.
  • In apartments, extinguishers may be installed in individual units to reduce theft and vandalism. 

The type and size of extinguisher required varies based on the type of business.  For more information, contact a Fire Marshal at 417-874-2300 or view the code online.

Fire Extinguisher Training

The Springfield Fire Department offers fire extinguisher training at no charge to businesses located within Springfield. Using our Bullex Extinguisher System, this training is ideal for 10-25 people and includes a Powerpoint presentation and hands-on training with the simulator. 

Training is perfect for businesses and apartment complexes. Please note: we are unable at this time to provide training to businesses for purposes of fulfilling OSHA or other requirements.

To schedule a training, contact Fire and Life Safety Educator Heather Parker at t 417-874-2380 or fill out an online request.