Fire Extinguishers & Emergency Lights

Fire Extinguishers & Emergency Lights

Portable fire extinguishers and exit/egress lighting (e-lights) are an important part of your facility’s fire and life safety plan. Fire extinguishers provide a reliable means to extinguish a small fire before it spreads or, in a more serious fire situation, a means to extinguish a path through a fire to safety, while e-lights illuminate during an emergency or power-outage event.

Most facilities require fire extinguishers to be spaced no more than 50ft-75ft apart (depending on the building occupancy and construction type, in accordance with NFPA 10, NFPA 101) and e-lights to be located accordingly to illuminate safe pathways of travel throughout the facility.


Fire Extinguishers

These are the types of fire extinguishers and the fires they are effective against.

Extinguisher Type  –  Fire Fuel Source

Class A

paper, wood, textiles, plastics

Class B

liquid (e.g., cooking liquids, oil, gasoline, kerosene, paint)

Class C

electrical in nature

Class K

cooking appliance fires (required as part of a pre-engineered “hood” suppression system)

Class D

heated metals

Clean Agent

various (used in areas where powder extinguishers would damage or incapacitate the equipment or assets being protected)

According to NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers adopted by the State of Ohio’s fire code, fire extinguishers are required to be inspected monthly, serviced annually, and have maintenance performed every six years. The monthly inspection can be performed by facility staff; however, the annual service and periodic maintenance needs to be performed by a certified individual working for a certified organization.

Emergency Lights (e-lights)

E-light Type  –  Use

Exit Lights

located throughout emergency exit paths to clearly identify designated pathways during an emergency with the word “EXIT” marked in bright red letters

Egress Lights

brightly illuminate exit pathways during an emergency power-outage situation

Combo Lights

incorporate the components of an exit light and an egress light into a single appliance

E-lights are required to undergo an annual 90-minute-load test to ensure that the appliances, bulbs, and back-up batteries are prepared to operate for a full 90 minutes during a power-outage event.

Cline Fire provides annual inspection, testing, and maintenance services for both extinguishers and e-lights. Contact us for a quote.