Fire Prevention

An OSFM fire prevention specialist inspecting a new facilityThe Prevention Division works to reduce the potential impact of fire and explosion hazards where people live, work, and congregate. This team focuses on inspecting facilities which pose distinct fire hazards and where the potential loss of life from fire is very high.

The division is also responsible for the promotion of fire safety and the education of building owners, operators, and occupants, and the general public. Both office and field personnel are active educators, presenting a variety of program topics across the state of Kansas.

Our office even employs a dedicated Education Consultant to work with local fire and law enforcement jurisdictions, helping to educate kids on fire safety and prevent them from starting fires.


What's New

New Code Requirement for Dry Chemical Extinguishers

Brenda Reber | Jul 05, 2013

A new requirement is fast approaching for dry chemical stored pressure fire extinguishers.  Since OSFM has adopted the 2007 edition of NFPA 10, there is a code change that all vendors and facility owners need to be aware of in regards to NFPA 10 4.4.1 which states: Dry chemical stored pressure extinguishers manufactured prior to October 1984 shall be removed from service at the next 6 year maintenance interval or the next hydro test interval, whichever comes first.  This change will take effect only on and after January 1, 2014. 

Therefore, with this being said, if a dry chemical extinguisher has had its 6 year maintenance or the next hydro test prior to January 1, 2014 the extinguisher will be able to remain in-service until the time is up for the next maintenance check.

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