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Fire extinguishers (by Bert Amdahl [MN]) Apr 19, 2008 8:20 AM
       Fire extinguishers (by Bill [TX]) Apr 19, 2008 8:46 AM
       Fire extinguishers (by DaveS [IL]) Apr 19, 2008 9:05 AM
       Fire extinguishers (by BRAD_IN [IN]) Apr 19, 2008 10:21 AM
       Fire extinguishers (by ManateeAlley [FL]) Apr 19, 2008 4:06 PM
       Fire extinguishers (by 16west [MN]) Apr 19, 2008 5:10 PM
       Fire extinguishers (by Josh [CA]) Apr 19, 2008 5:42 PM
       Fire extinguishers (by Virden [OH]) Apr 19, 2008 7:18 PM
       Fire extinguishers (by Minnesota John [MN]) Apr 20, 2008 9:04 AM
       Fire extinguishers (by Minnesota John [MN]) Apr 20, 2008 9:10 AM
       Fire extinguishers (by Dan [MA]) Apr 21, 2008 9:34 AM
       Fire extinguishers (by BRAD_IN [IN]) Apr 25, 2008 11:59 PM
       Fire extinguishers (by Brian [MO]) Sep 24, 2008 3:44 AM

Fire extinguishers (by Bert Amdahl [MN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2008 8:20 AM

State Specific Question About: MINNESOTA (MN)

We own and rent out a town house in Eagan, MN Are their laws requiring fire extinguisher and if so their placement?

Fire extinguishers (by Bill [TX]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2008 8:46 AM

Best way to find this info is to call your local Fire Marshal.


Fire extinguishers (by DaveS [IL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2008 9:05 AM

Even if there isn't a requirement, I would provide one. Costco...SamsClub...they're cheap.

For the price of a pizza you can provide some protection for your investment...from something bad becoming much worse.

Fire extinguishers (by BRAD_IN [IN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2008 10:21 AM

I don't know about MN, our state does not require them.

My attorney advises strongly against it. Providing an extinguisher sets a "standard practice" by the LL. If it is missing / fails to operate / is used improperly / is the wrong type for the fire / wrong location /ad nausem, guess who will be sued. (answer for newbies: the landlord!)

We suggest the tenant have their own for their own protection.

Fire extinguishers (by ManateeAlley [FL]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2008 4:06 PM

Yeah Brad....let that grease fire on the stove envelop and involve the entire structure, resulting in property damage and loss of rental revenue for months or even years. ...GOOD PLAN.....We don' need no stinkin stinguisher!

Fire extinguishers (by 16west [MN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2008 5:10 PM


Yes we are required to have a fire extinguisher in each rental unit. You can get them at Menards for less than $15.00 each

Minnesota Statute 299F.050

Every rental dwelling unit shall be provided with at least one 1A 10BC fire extinguisher. The fire extinguisher shall be readily accessible to the occupant at all times.

Fire extinguishers (by Josh [CA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2008 5:42 PM

I don't have the code for CA. There is to be

one extingisher per floor so for my 10 unit it would be one on each the 5 up and 5 down.

I have one in the laundry room also. They need to be checked once a year. The tags must be updated with yearly inspection. I also installed one extingisher in every unit by the stove.

Blink Blink... more worried about being sued than protecting your property? Do you honestly think that a tenant could sue you for more that what a complete burn your building down to the ground fire?

I suggest you lose that attorney and fast.

Fire extinguishers (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2008 7:18 PM

for everyone to know, the cheapo extinguisher may not be the lowest overall cost, look for a metal dispensing valve, hardly any fire company will recharge and sometimes not re-certify a plastic valve unit. In Ohio a good 10 lb bottle cost 65 bux and is re-cert for 7bux, charged again for 12 bux and cert is good for another year. The metal valve bottles almost always come with metal bracket, mount them about 36 inches from the floor, easy hieght to grab on demand.

Fire extinguishers (by Minnesota John [MN]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2008 9:04 AM

16west, what is your source for that statute? I just looked at the 2007 Statutes and that statute is not listed. It's not even listed as being repealed.

Perhaps it's a local ordinance?

To answer your question Bert, I'd bet Eagan has some pretty comprehensive rental unit regulation. I'd call the city (anonymously) and ask them what the local rules are.

Fire extinguishers (by Minnesota John [MN]) Posted on: Apr 20, 2008 9:10 AM

Here's a good one for MN:

Smoke Detectors (required for rental unit)

"Subd. 5. Maintenance responsibilities. For all occupancies covered by this section where

the occupant is not the owner of the dwelling unit or the guest room, the owner is responsible for

maintenance of the smoke detectors. "

Don't care for how that one is worded.

Fire extinguishers (by Dan [MA]) Posted on: Apr 21, 2008 9:34 AM

I put them in all my kitchens and in the basements near the HVAC. In the bigger buildings, I have them in the hallways. But I also agree with Brad_IN's concerns and I have a statement in the rental agreement that states we do not guarantee them, they are provided out of courtesy only and we can only fix/replace defective ones if the tenants make us aware of such a need. --74.8.xx.x

Fire extinguishers (by BRAD_IN [IN]) Posted on: Apr 25, 2008 11:59 PM

The wrong type of extinguisher on a grease fire will spread the grease, instantly making the fire larger.

Property fully insured if it burns.

Fire extinguishers (by Brian [MO]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2008 3:44 AM

My insurance company just told me I needed extinguishers in all my units. Where is the best place to mount them? Under the kitchen sink? On the wall next to the stove?


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