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. Oval fire extinguishers comply with this 4” (102mm) limitation. Conventional 10 lb. fire extinguishers do not. Oval extinguishers can be mounted on a wall wherever they are required and provide compliance.
Reduced Floor Space
With conventional round fire extinguishers, it is necessary to widen aisles and corridors or deepen walls to meet accessibility requirements. Oval fire extinguishers eliminate the need to do this. Oval extinguishers can be mounted on a corridor wall and project less than 4” (102mm). They can also be recess mounted into a standard 3-5/8” (92mm) partition wall. In either case, aisle widths and wall depths can be reduced, saving valuable and expensive floor space.
Lower Installed Cost
Oval fire extinguishers cost more than round fire extinguishers. However, with round fire extinguishers, accessibility can be achieved only by widening aisles or recessing into walls. This adds significant time, cost and disruption, particularly when retrofitting fire extinguishers into existing facilities. These problems are eliminated with Oval fire extinguishers.