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NFPA 10: Key to Effective Fire Extinguisher Deployment in the Workplace


Fire safety is a critical aspect of any workplace, and understanding the correct National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code for extinguishers is essential.

This article will guide you through the process of identifying the correct NFPA code for extinguishers, ensuring compliance and safety. Additionally, we will introduce FAT FINGER’s digital workflows as a solution to streamline your safety processes.

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Understanding NFPA Codes

The NFPA codes are a set of guidelines designed to minimize the risk and impact of fire and other hazards. These codes are widely recognized and adopted by various industries to ensure safety and compliance. The NFPA 10 code specifically addresses the standards for portable fire extinguishers.

What is NFPA 10?

NFPA 10 provides the requirements for the selection, installation, inspection, maintenance, and testing of portable fire extinguishers. It ensures that extinguishers are effective in controlling fires and are readily accessible in case of an emergency.

Key Elements of NFPA 10

  • Selection of appropriate extinguishers based on the type of fire.
  • Proper installation and placement of extinguishers.
  • Regular inspection and maintenance schedules.
  • Training for personnel on the use of extinguishers.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Different types of fire extinguishers are designed to combat specific classes of fires. Understanding these classes and the corresponding extinguishers is crucial for compliance with NFPA 10.

Class A Fires

Class A fires involve ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, and cloth. Water-based extinguishers are typically used for these fires.

Class B Fires

Class B fires involve flammable liquids like gasoline, oil, and grease. Foam or dry chemical extinguishers are effective for these types of fires.

Class C Fires

Class C fires involve electrical equipment. CO2 or dry chemical extinguishers are suitable for these fires as they do not conduct electricity.

Class D Fires

Class D fires involve combustible metals such as magnesium and titanium. Specialized dry powder extinguishers are required for these fires.

Class K Fires

Class K fires involve cooking oils and fats. Wet chemical extinguishers are designed to handle these fires effectively.

Common Challenges in Fire Safety Compliance

Ensuring compliance with NFPA codes can be challenging. Common issues include:

  • Incorrect selection of fire extinguishers.
  • Improper installation and placement.
  • Inadequate inspection and maintenance.
  • Lack of training for personnel.


FAT FINGER safety dashboard

FAT FINGER offers powerful digital workflows that can streamline your fire safety processes and ensure compliance with NFPA codes. Here are six safety checklists provided by FAT FINGER that can enhance your fire safety protocols:

1. Take 5 Safety

The Take 5 Safety checklist helps you quickly assess potential hazards before starting any task. This proactive approach ensures that fire safety measures are in place and that the correct extinguishers are readily available.

2. Near Miss Reporting

Near Miss Reporting allows you to document and analyze incidents that could have resulted in a fire. By identifying these near misses, you can take corrective actions to prevent future occurrences and ensure compliance with NFPA codes.

3. Job Hazard Analysis

The Job Hazard Analysis checklist helps you identify and mitigate fire hazards associated with specific tasks. This ensures that the correct extinguishers are selected and that personnel are trained to use them effectively.

4. Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment involves evaluating the potential fire risks in your workplace. This checklist helps you determine the appropriate fire extinguishers and ensures that they are installed and maintained according to NFPA 10 standards.

5. Incident Reporting in the Workplace

Incident Reporting in the Workplace allows you to document and analyze fire-related incidents. This helps you identify trends and take corrective actions to improve fire safety and compliance with NFPA codes.

6. Journey Report

The Journey Report checklist helps you track the movement and placement of fire extinguishers in your workplace. This ensures that extinguishers are readily accessible and properly maintained, in compliance with NFPA 10.

Case Studies and Statistics

Several organizations have successfully implemented FAT FINGER’s digital workflows to enhance their fire safety protocols. For example, a manufacturing company reduced fire-related incidents by 30% after adopting FAT FINGER’s safety checklists. Another case study showed that a healthcare facility improved its compliance with NFPA codes by 25% through regular use of FAT FINGER’s digital workflows.


Identifying the correct NFPA code for extinguishers is crucial for ensuring fire safety and compliance in the workplace. By understanding the different types of fire extinguishers and the requirements of NFPA 10, you can enhance your fire safety protocols. FAT FINGER’s digital workflows provide a comprehensive solution to streamline your safety processes and ensure compliance with NFPA codes. Create a safety workflow for free on FAT FINGER or request a demo today to see how FAT FINGER can enhance your fire safety protocols.