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Oval Fire Extinguishers
The Americans with Disabilities Act and most building codes require that buildings be accessible to persons with disabilities. For accessibility, equipment – including fire extinguishers- must project less than 4″ (102mm) from the wall which means oval-shaped ones are preferable over conventional 10 lb models for those who have enough room in their kitchen cabinets or closets where they store these types of items!
Why have an Extinguisher that is Oval?
Smaller Floor Space
With conventional round fire extinguishers, it’s necessary to widen aisles and corridors or deepen walls in order for the device to be accessible. Oval extinguishers eliminate these issues- because they can fit into standard 3 – 5/8″ (92mm) spaces!
- Oval fire extinguishers cost more than round ones, but with their easy accessibility, you can have a safe and hazard-free work environment without having to widen the aisle or wall out in order for people who are visually impaired. They’re also easily portable which means they save space during remodeling projects.
Compliant in minutes
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance mandating that healthcare facilities be accessible to disabled persons. This new rule applies not just in the event of an emergency, but also as a safety precautionary measure due to their inability-to tolerate dust or disruption from installing conventional fire extinguishers which are often outdated by now!
- a solution that provides both accessibility and ligature-resistance.
Oval fire extinguishers are great for use in MRI facilities. They have a non-magnetic design and the developers say they’re conditionally safe, which means that if you ever need one it can be used near an MRI machine without any problem!
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Types of extinguishers
Cabinets help protect the fire extinguisher from damage and ensure that it is always ready to go. Cabinets also help protect the extinguisher from UV rays and chemical exposures that can diminish their effectiveness. This is particularly helpful when the extinguisher is placed outdoors.
OSHA and NFPA do not require storage of fire extinguishers within a fire extinguisher cabinet. However, there are regulations within some municipalities and the Americans with Disabilities Act you may need to follow. If applicable, you must ensure it’s at the proper height, does not protrude more than four inches from the wall, and more.
Modern fire extinguisher cabinets can be made from wood, plastic, metal, or glass. However, most newer systems incorporate plastic rather than glass to reduce injury risk when removing the extinguisher from the cabinet.