Oval’s 10 LB portable dry chemical fire extinguishers are less than 4 inches deep, when measured front to back. This unique quality enables easy compliance with the ADA’s 4 inch protruding object limit. The 4 inch protrusion rule was implemented primarily to protect people who are blind or have low vision.

The 2010 ADA standards, which went into effect in 2012, also require that accessible fixed building elements such as coat hooks and fire extinguisher hooks be no higher than 48 inches. Many retailers install fire extinguisher hooks higher than 48 inches so that they avoid collisions with shopping carts.

Many state and local building codes also require compliance with the ANSI A117.1, ICC A117.1, and/or IBC Chapter 11 accessible design standards. These standards also limit the protruding object depth to 4 inches and the installation height to 48 inches. Ontario, Canada, is enforcing the same protruding object limits under the AODA.

The IFC® INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE® also states “Section 1003.3.3 Horizontal projections. Structural elements, fixtures or furnishings shall not project horizontally from either side more than 4 inches (102 mm) over any walking surface between the heights of 27 inches (686 mm) and 80 inches (2032 mm) above the walking surface.” Only Oval Brand fire extinguishers always comply with the IFC Section 1003.3.3 protruding object guidelines as they are applied to surface mounted fire extinguisher sizes 5 lbs and larger.

Only Oval provides a fire extinguisher solution which always complies with the ADA and local building code for protruding object limits when installed in accordance with both NFPA 10 and the ADA. Oval fire extinguishers, when bumped into, do not easily fall off their hooks either.

Oval is the safer, more responsible, solution for your facilities and the people in them.

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