Q&A on locks on ABC dry powder fire extinguishers

April 6, 2016

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about ABC dry powder fire extinguishers.

Q: We are doing fire extinguisher annual maintenance on a hospital and have found that there is a high volume of ABC dry powder units throughout the site and very few CO2 units. We are wondering if this is a problem?

A: The only regulation concerning fire extinguishers in healthcare is NFPA 10 (1998 edition). NFPA 10 requires that the classification of the fire extinguisher be matched with the classification of the potential fire. However, there are infection control issues to be concerned about, and an ABC dry powder fire extinguisher would not be a good selection for use in an operating room or a procedure room. 

Read the complete question and answer. 


See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Safety

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

Tech lessons from healthcare facilities that survived recent natural disasters

Many hospitals are not ready for a natural disaster


Jury awards plaintiffs $10 million for Chicago hospital security incidents

Doctor and six nurses filed a joint lawsuit for two separate incidents


Studies explore work habits of environmental services professionals

Research also addresses perceptions of the profession


Hospitals train for mass shootings

Checking for weapons is part of the drill


Hospital cleaning staffs retrained after Health Department finds dirty restrooms, floors, walls

Inspectors found numerous sanitation problems at two Lehigh Valley Health Network hospitals


Post Comment


• News and Updates
• Webcast Alerts
• Building Technologies

All fields are required.