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Do I have to have a fire Extinguisher on my rental property in east bay, CA?

if I have to have that, how big is fire Extinguisher I need to buy? Also how many fire alarm do I need to put in the property in OAKLAND CA?

  • November 12 2010 - US
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Each bedroom need a fire alarm and also in the living room, the kitchen and the hallway, it is good idea to have the fire Extinguisher in the kitchen or in the garage, where you easy to see and reach, my rentals have the fire Extinguishers as well.
You can buy those at Home Depot, $9 for each fire alarm and $30 for the fire Extinguisher.
  • November 12 2010
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Legally needed or not there is a simpler question here. How would you feel if your rental burned down because you did NOT have one in the house?

I would put a big some in the house where a fire is most likely to happen and include in the lease that if it is discharged the tenant has to replace (or refill) it. I would also include that if they did not start the fire no charge would apply. That way if they start a grease fire they can put it out and pay for it. But if you have an electrical fire they can put it out and you saved the house for very little cost. This is cheap insurance.

Just be aware that fire extinguishers have a end of service date stamped on them. Thus on that date they need to be refilled or replaced. Many times replacement is cheapest.
  • November 12 2010
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If I were you I would discuss this with the insurance person.  I always have fire extinguishers in my properties, but again, have a word to see what he/she recommends.
  • November 13 2010
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I like to have fire extinguishers in rentals and so does the insurance company, although not mandatory by law.
  • November 13 2010
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Without looking at an legal issues its probably a good idea to always have a fire extinguisher on each floor of any residential property "just in case" you need one.
  • November 15 2010
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