Fire and Life Safety Regulation Changes for Portable Fire Extinguishers
(h) A person may not inspect, recharge, maintain, or hydrostatic test portable fire extinguishers unless a permit from the state fire marshal has been issued. The following apply to permits under this subsection:
13 AAC 50.030(h)(1) is amended to read:
(1) each applicant for a Class II fire extinguisher permit must pass a written examination given by the state fire marshal in order to qualify for a permit; (2) The Class III Exam was discontinued as of May 2017.
13 AAC 50.030(h)(2) is amended to read:
(2) a permit endorsed with the type of qualification will be issued to each qualified person for Class II and III;
(3) a permit issued under this subsection is presumed to contain the requirement that the applicant carry out the permitted activity in compliance with all the requirements of state statutes and this chapter; a permit is nontransferable; a permit is valid for three years after the date of issue; an infraction of this chapter or prescribed manuals may be cause for revocation of the permit;
(4) Permits are classified and defined as follows:
- (A) Class II - annual service, recharge, distribute, tag and maintain portable fire extinguishers;
- (B) Class III - annual service, recharge, distribute, tag, maintain, and hydrostatic test extinguishers;
13 AAC 50.030(h)(5):
(5) a permit holder shall place or cause to be placed the holder's permit number on the inspection tag of a portable fire extinguisher to identify the work performed under the permit for Class II and III. Documentation for monthly inspections will consist of the person's signature on the extinguisher on the back of the inspection tag or appropriately documented in accordance with electronic monitoring and inspection methods as adopted by NFPA 10 (2010 edition);
13 AAC 50.030(h) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:
(6) it is the responsibility of the employer to provide training and documentation to enable the employer’s personnel to conduct monthly inspections and non-invasive maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.