Fire Extinguishers and Hood Suppression Systems

Firms that service, inspect, or install fire extinguishers or fixed extinguishing systems are required to be certified by the State Fire Marshal in accordance with K.S.A. 31-133a. Article 10 of the Kansas Fire Marshal Administrative Regulations (K.A.R. 22-10-1 through 22-10-19) applies to the servicing firms for certification, compliance and consumer protection.

There are four classes of certifications:

RA

Permits servicing, recharging, installing, or inspecting fixed extinguishing systems by a currently certified manufacturer's distributor

RB

Permits servicing, recharging, installing, or inspecting portable fire extinguishers;

RC

Permits hydrostatic testing of non-DOT cylinders, including wet chemical or dry chemical containers

RD

Permits servicing, recharging, and inspecting fixed extinguishing systems

Certification Procedures

Each business that desires a registration certificate shall submit the following to our office:

- Application

- Proof of education and/or training **

- A non-refundable fee of $200 for each application

- Proof of insurance

Class RD must have a notarized affidavit filed with the State Fire Marshal's office attesting that the employee has at least two years of experience in servicing, recharging, and inspecting fixed extinguishing systems and has access to the tools and service manuals for each fixed extinguishing system that the business services and has a current certificate through ICC/NAFED.

** OSFM no longer conducts training or testing for the certifications

CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING

Certification through the ICC/NAFED is required for all license types.

Exams, prep seminars, and sample exams can be found at http://www.nafed.org/

If you are a distributor located within or doing work in Kansas, let NAFED help you meet the state's new certification requirements.

According to the State of Kansas, Article 10, Installation and Certification Standards for Extinguishing Devices, Section 22-10-3 (B), which was amended in February 2011, a current certification through the ICC/NAFED is required in order to obtain a registration certificate from the state fire marshal. Renewal applications shall be submitted to the OSFM on or before November 30th of the year of expiration.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance must cover comprehensive general liability, bodily injury, property damage and completed operations in the amounts of the following:

RA license: $500,000

RB license: $100,000

RC license: $100,000

RD license: $1,000,000

**Any person who is an officer or employ of the state or any political or taxing subdivision of the state, when that person is acting on behalf o the state or political or taxing subdivision, is exempt from paying fees.

Renewing your certification

Certificates are valid for one calendar year.

Renewal applications must be submitted to KSFMO no later than November 30 of the year the certificate expires. The requirements for a certification renewal are the same as for new certification.

Please note that an on-site inspection may be made to insure that the proper equipment is available for servicing fire protection equipment.

For certification applications or for more information, call the OSFM at (785) 296-3401.

FAQs

Q.) Is it required to purchase new fire extinguishers before January 1, 2014?

Background: The Statue 22-1-3 (C) portable fire extinguishers. NFPA standard no.10, including annexes A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and K, 2007 edition. The provisions of section 4.4.1 shall be effective only on and after January 1, 2014.

A.) If a dry chemical stored pressure extinguishers has had their 6 yr. maintenance or a hydro test prior to January 1, 2014 they will be able to remain in-service until the time is up for the next maintenance check.

Q.) Where should fire extinguishers be placed? At all exit doors, or just front entry?

A.) The use of portable fire extinguishers are most effectively utilized when they are readily available in sufficient number and with adequate extinguishing capacity for use by persons familiar with their operation. In fire emergencies where extinguishers are relied upon, someone usually has to travel from the fire to obtain the device, and then return to the fire before using it. The time required to accomplish this is determined mainly by the travel distance involved in securing the extinguisher and placing it in operation. Travel distance is the actual distance the user of the extinguisher will need to walk. Consequently, travel distance will be affected by partitions, location of doorways, aisles, piles of stored materials, machinery, desks, tables, and other items. For schools the travel distance to a fire extinguisher shall not exceed 75 feet unless in a high hazard areas. In high hazard areas, such as wood or metal shops or chemistry laboratories, the travel distance shall be no more than 50 feet. This information is listed in the NFPA 10 guidelines that cover portable fire extinguishers.

Q.) Can a (cold fire) liquid agent fire extinguisher be used in Type K extinguishers?

A.) This product is not a UL® listed product. It does contain a UL® listed component only as “UL 2N75” which is a wetting agent. To my knowledge, this product is not specifically tested or listed by Underwriters Laboratories for any specific hazard. Per NFPA 10, Class K Fires are fires in cooking appliances that involve combustible cooking media. Under NFPA 10, 5.3.2.5, Fire extinguishers for the protection of Class K hazards shall be selected from types that are specifically listed and labeled for use on Class K fires.