Article 1. General Provisions of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 12. >> Part 2. >> Chapter 1.5. >> Article 1.
With the advice of the State Fire Advisory Board, the State
Fire Marshal shall adopt, in accordance with the provisions of
Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3
of Title 2 of the Government Code, and administer regulations and
standards as he or she may deem necessary for the protection and
preservation of life and property to control the servicing, including
charging, and testing, of all portable fire extinguishers for
controlling and extinguishing fires, and for controlling the sale and
marketing of all such devices with respect to conformance with
standards of their use, capacity, and effectiveness. In adopting the
regulations, the State Fire Marshal shall consider the standards of
the National Fire Protection Association.
It is the legislative intention in enacting this chapter
that the provisions of this chapter and the regulations and standards
adopted by the State Fire Marshal pursuant to this chapter shall
apply uniformly throughout the State of California and no county,
city, city or county or district shall adopt or enforce any ordinance
or rule or regulation regarding portable fire extinguishers which is
inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter or the regulations
and standards adopted by the State Fire Marshal pursuant to this
No person shall market, distribute, or sell any portable
fire extinguisher in this state unless it meets the following
(a) It complies with regulations and standards adopted by the
State Fire Marshal pursuant to Section 13160.
(b) It has been examined by and bears the label of Underwriters'
Laboratories Inc. or another testing laboratory which is approved by
the State Fire Marshal as qualified to test portable fire
extinguishers. Any testing laboratory approved by the State Fire
Marshal shall have facilities, personnel, and operating procedures
equivalent to those of the Underwriters' Laboratories Inc.
(c) It does not use as an extinguishing agent any carbon
tetrachloride, chlorbromomethane, or methyl bromide.
The State Fire Marshal may grant reasonable exceptions to this
subdivision when the extinguisher is intended for industrial use in
places to which the public is not invited or admitted. The provisions
of this section apply to the state and any political subdivision