Due to the recently issued requirements by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Oval Brand’s low profile fire extinguishers are the only fire extinguishers which may be surface mounted in the corridors of healthcare facilities while maintaining compliance with the NFPA-101 Life Safety Code (2012 edition). All other brands’ have 5 lb and 10 lb fire extinguishers which protrude more than 4-1/2” when surface mounted, however our UL listed Oval Brand extinguishers project less than 4” and are always compliant.
Round extinguishers violate the projecting object limits when surface mounted in corridors.
Oval Brand Extinguishers
Oval Brand fire extinguishers always comply with the 4″ projecting object limits per CMS.
Cabinets cost more than money, due to time, dust, labor, and much more.
Many facilities currently have their extinguishers installed within recessed or semi recessed cabinets, and therefore they don’t have a compliance problem. However there are many older hospitals and facilities such as senior living, assisted living, long-term care, ambulatory care, and rehab which utilize surface mounted fire extinguishers. They currently have two viable options to solve their non-compliance with the LSC non-continuous object projecting object limits. Their first option is to install new fully-recessed or semi-recessed cabinets into their existing walls. The second option (which is also less invasive, fastest, cleanest, and less expensive) is to surface mount new Oval Brand extinguishers.
Within the 2012 edition of NFPA-101, specific to new healthcare and ambulatory care facilities, non-continuous projections located below 38” are now limited to 4-1/2”. Those above 38” are limited to projecting no more than 6” per NFPA, however the ADA limits of 4” overrule and apply (*See link to federal register below which clarifies this). Specific to existing healthcare and ambulatory care facilities, non-continuous projections located below the existing handrail height are now limited to 4-1/2”. Those above the handrail height are limited to 6” per NFPA, however the ADA limits of 4” overrule and apply (*See link to federal register below which clarifies this).
* https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/04/2016-10043/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-fire-safety-requirements-for-certain-health-care-facilities and https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10043.pdf
Here’s a link for a clarification from the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED) which addresses protruding object limits within healthcare facilities:
Expert clarification of the new rules, published in Healthcare Facilities Today:
Additional clarification of the new rules, published on LeadingAge.org:
The Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers, Models OVAL-10HABC and OVAL-10JABC, are MR Conditional.
Testing demonstrated that each product can be used in the MRI environment according to the following condition:
-Static magnetic field of 3-Tesla or less
IMPORTANT NOTE: This fire extinguisher product is intended for use inside of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment (e.g., in the MR system room). However, it is not intended for use directly inside of the MR system (e.g., inside of the bore of the scanner), during the operation of the scanner (i.e., during an MRI procedure). As such, the assessment of MRI issues for this product entailed an assessment of translational attraction in relation to exposure to a 3-Tesla MR system, only.
Be sure to specify the “MR Conditional” option when ordering. The front of the fire extinguisher will be labeled accordingly prior to shipment.