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A manual activation device for the fire extinguishing system, except foam-water systems, shall be installed at a location near a means of egress that is readily accessible from the cooking area and not less than 10 feet (3048 mm) nor more than 20 feet (6096 mm) from the commercial cooking appliances protected by the fire extinguishing system, or other approved location. The manual activation device shall be located a minimum of 42 inches (1067 mm) and a maximum of 48 inches (1219 mm) above the floor. The manual activation device shall require a maximum force of 40 pounds (178 N) and a maximum movement of 14 inches (356 mm) to activate the fire extinguishing system. A sign or marking in accordance with FC Table 609.7 that clearly identifies the commercial cooking appliances being protected shall be posted on or adjacent to the manual activation device. The manual activation device shall be kept unobstructed at all times.

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