Why Oval for New Construction?

Regardless of which mounting option is selected, Oval low-profile extinguishers provide compelling advantages. These advantages are highlighted below:

Option 1:  Surface Mounting

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Low-Profile Fire Extinguisher Conventional Fire Extinguisher
Projection from Wall 3″ (76mm) or 3-1/2″ (89mm) maximum, depending on model At least 5″ (127mm)
Accessibility Meets all ADA and code requirements for accessibility Does NOT meet accessibility requirements
Corridor/Aisle Width Minimizes loss of usable corridor and aisle width Reduces usable corridor and aisle width by 5″ (127mm) or more
Collision Hazard Can create an obstacle and collision hazard in corridors and aisles (though less than conventional extinguishers) Creates an obstacle and collision hazard in corridors and aisles
Mounting Uses swivel-type button hook that holds extinguisher securely on wall, even if bumped or pushed Uses unreliable and potentially dangerous wall hook. Extinguisher can fall off wall if bumped.
Appearance Visually unappealing. Appearance is usually not acceptable in offices, healthcare facilities, hotels and public spaces. Visually unappealing
Ease of Installation Fastest and easiest installation method Fastest and easiest installation method
Total Installed Cost Lowest cost option for installing a fire extinguisher Lowest cost option for installing a fire extinguisher

Option 2:  Surface Mounted Cabinet with Fire Extinguisher Inside

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Low-Profile Fire Extinguisher Conventional Fire Extinguisher
Projection from Wall 4″ (102mm) maximum At least 6″ (152mm)
Accessibility Meets all ADA and code requirements for accessibility Does NOT meet accessibility requirements
Corridor/Aisle Width Minimizes loss of usable corridor and aisle width Reduces usable corridor and aisle width by 6″ (152mm) or more
Collision Hazard Can create an obstacle and collision hazard in corridors and aisles (though less than conventional extinguishers) Creates an obstacle and collision hazard in corridors and aisles
Appearance Better than Option 1 but still visually unappealing. Appearance is usually not acceptable in offices, healthcare facilities, hotels and public spaces. Better than Option 1 but still visually unappealing.
Ease of Installation Relatively fast and easy installation method Relatively fast and easy installation method
Total Installed Cost More expensive than Option 1 More expensive than Option 1

Option 3:  Semi-Recessed Cabinet with Fire Extinguisher Inside

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Low-Profile Fire Extinguisher Conventional Fire Extinguisher
Cabinets for Oval fire extinguishers can be fully recessed into a 3-5/8″ (92mm) partition wall. A semi-recessed cabinet is therefore never required for Oval extinguishers. This installation option is irrelevant with low-profile fire extinguishers. Due to the size of conventional fire extinguishers, typical partition walls do not have sufficient depth to accommodate a fire extinguisher cabinet. The wall must be made deeper or the cabinet must project partially out from the wall. Use of such a semi-recessed cabinet is always a “make do” compromise since they are unsightly, create collision hazards, waste floor space and are expensive.

Option 4:  Recessed Cabinet with Fire Extinguisher Inside

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Low-Profile Fire Extinguisher Conventional Fire Extinguisher
Design Challenge Due to the reduced depth of low-profile fire extinguishers, cabinets can be fully recessed into 3-5/8″ (92mm) partition walls. There is no need to add extra depth to walls, widen corridors or create alcoves to accomodate the extinguishers. Cabinets for conventional fire extinguishers are too deep to be recessed into 3-5/8″ (92mm) partition walls. These cabinets therefore require adding extra depth to walls, widening corridors or creating alcoves just to accomodate the fire extinguishers.
Projection from Wall 5/8″ (16mm) maximum 5/8″ (16mm) maximum
Accessibility Meets all ADA and code requirements for accessibility Meets all ADA and code requirements for accessibility
Corridor/Aisle Width No reduction in usable corridor and aisle width No reduction in usable corridor and aisle width
Collision Hazard Eliminates obstacles and collision hazards in corridors and aisles Eliminates obstacles and collision hazards in corridors and aisles
Appearance Best appearance. Widely used in offices, healthcare facilities, hotels and public spaces. Best appearance. Widely used in offices, healthcare facilities, hotels and public spaces.
Ease of Installation Installation can be incorporated into overall construction schedule and sequence Installation can be incorporated into overall construction schedule and sequence
Total Installed Cost By avoiding design challenges described above, significantly lower total installed cost than conventional fire extinguisher Higher total cost due to wasted floor space, deeper walls, wider corridors and alcoves