Policy & Procedures

The portable fire extinguishers in and around the buildings at UCSC are owned and are maintained by a program operated through Physical Plant. These portable extinguishers are numbered according to a naming convention that looks like this:

FE (FC)-#-#-###

Here is how you read and interpret the numbering system:

-The first number represents the floor of building the portable fire extinguisher is located at.

-The second number represents the logical progression of portable fire extinguishers on that floor from a logical starting point like a main entrance to a building.

-The last three digits are the last three digits of the building asset number or CAAN.

To report a problem with a portable fire extinguisher, please contact the Work Order Desk (9-4444 or WoDesk@ucsc.edu or SelfService). Problems with portable fire extinguishers are usually in the form of improper pressure, a discharged extinguisher that has been reported or is missing. The numbering system should be both on the portable fire extinguisher and in the back or the cabinet or bracket so that you/we will know what unit is missing if it is missing. These portable fire extinguishers are serviced (inspected and maintained) annually or once a year. The last date of service is punched into the tag hanging from the portable fire extinguisher. It is important to note that the date on the tag is not when the service was due but, when it last took place.

It is responsibility of the Facility Coordinator to see that the required monthly visual inspections are being completed, per CAL-OSHA Title 8 Section 6151 and Title 19 Section 574.1 of the California Code of Regulations. This is a requirement for campus vehicles maintaining a portable fire extinguisher as well. For more information on performing these inspections, please go to Portable Fire Extinguishers: Monthly Inspections.

So you want to add a portable fire extinguisher?

Please contact the Deputy Campus Fire Marshal for a formal review of your location. There are many factors that will dictate the type of portable fire extinguisher that would best fit your application. Most likely, the minimum fire code requirements have already been met in your area, but will be formally reviewed at request. If your request exceeds the minimum requirements, you will be expected to provided a FOAPAL for the purchase, installation and continued service of the device(s) with Physical Plant. It is important that you contact Physical Plant prior to purchase so you can be provided with the pre-approved models and brands or portable fire extinguishers.