When renovating an existing facility or building a new one, the architect, engineer or other design professional must provide for fire extinguishers. The designer will have to refer to applicable building codes, national standards and other guidelines to determine what type, where and how many fire extinguishers will be required.
Once these decisions have been made, the designer will need to determine what method for installing the fire extinguishers will be best in each area of the facility. There are only four ways to install a fire extinguisher. These four ways are:
Option 1: Surface Mounting
Mount the fire extinguisher directly on a wall using a hook or bracket supplied with the extinguisher.
Option 2: Surface Mounted Cabinet with Fire Extinguisher Inside
Mount a cabinet on the wall and place the fire extinguisher inside the cabinet.
Option 3: Semi-Recessed Cabinet with Fire Extinguisher Inside
Mount a semi-recessed cabinet in the wall. The cabinet is inset into the wall as allowed by the depth of the wall cavity. The portion of the cabinet that cannot fit inside the wall will project out from the wall surface. The fire extinguisher is installed inside the cabinet.
Option 4: Fully Recessed Cabinet with Fire Extinguisher Inside
Mount a cabinet that recesses completely into the wall. The cabinet will project from the wall 5/8” or less. The fire extinguisher is installed inside the cabinet.
Oval low-profile fire extinguishers provide significant advantages in each of these scenarios. The specific advantages depend on whether the project is construction of a new facility, renovation of an existing facility or retrofitting fire extinguishers in an occupied space. These situations present different circumstances and challenges. However, in every case, Oval low-profile fire extinguishers are the optimal choice.