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Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
Chapter 14.4. Requirements Applicable to Surface Coal Mines

§ 45.1-161.265. Fire-fighting equipment; duties in case of fire; fire precaution in transportation of mining equipment; fire prevention generally.

A. Each mine shall be provided with suitable fire-fighting equipment, adequate for the size of the mine and shall include at least three 20-pound dry chemical fire extinguishers. Equipment and devices used for the detection, warning and extinguishing of fires shall be suitable in type, size and quantity for the type of fire hazard that may be encountered. Such equipment and devices shall be strategically located and plainly identified.

B. Suitable fire extinguishers shall be provided at all (i) electrical stations, such as substations, transformer stations and permanent pump stations, (ii) self-propelled mobile equipment, (iii) belt heads, (iv) areas used for the storage of flammable materials, (v) fueling stations, and (vi) other areas that may constitute a fire hazard, so as to be out of the smoke in case of a fire.

Code 1950, § 45-14.1; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, § 45.1-89; 1974, c. 323; 1978, c. 118; 1984, c. 590; 1985, c. 500; 1994, c. 28; 2005, c. 3.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.