Requirements & regulations:

Fire Extinguishers

Training Requirements

  • Fire extinguisher training for all NMSU employees is required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29CFR Part 1910.157) and under the 1994 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Codes (part 101).

Training provided 

Extinguisher use & recharge

  • Discharged (broken seal or loss of pressure), damaged, and missing fire extinguishers should be reported immediately to the PPD Work Order Desk (646-7114). 
  • The Fire Protection Section of PPD is responsible for recharging, hydrostatic testing, selection, and distribution of  fire extinguishers.

Tampering with Fire Extinguisher or Alarms

  • The act of tampering with or disabling a fire extinguisher, alarm, or any fire safety equipment is a violation of the NFPA Life Safety Code and punishable by up to $500 fine and up to 1 year in jail.        

Extinguisher location & mounts

  • OSHA and NFPA standards require that fire extinguishers be mounted in a designated location, typically with the top of the handle 40 inches above the floor. The standards require that extinguishers are available when needed and that employees are not subjected to injury hazards when they try to obtain an extinguisher.


Contact Information 
 Environmental Health& Safety: MSC-3578, P.O. Box 30001, Academic Research Bldg. C, Rm. 109
    Street delivery address: NMSU, 1620 Standley Dr., Academic Research Bldg. C, Las Cruces, NM 88003
    Training Office: Academic Research Unit C, rm110 (see map ), 
    Telephone: 575-646-3327; FAX: 575-646-7898. Website -
    Send email to David Shearer, EH&S (click here) with questions or comments about this web site. 
    This page was last updated on 09/21/2014