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Surface Mount Fire Extinguisher Compliance Challenges & Solutions

Objects mounted on the surface of a wall or column often project more than the allowable limits.

ADA Height & Protrusion Standards

Objects with leading edges more than 27 inches and not more than 80 inches above the finish floor or ground have a 4″ protrusion limit. 

NFPA 101 Egress Requirements

NFPA 101 Life Safety Code requires many healthcare facilities to comply with similar 4″ non-continuous object projection limits.

Cabinet Mounting Height Problems

Many extinguishers, AED machines, etc. are mounted above 27” off the ground in order to reduce the likelihood of shopping carts, gurneys, and small children from bumping into them and getting injured.

Limited Compliance Options

For objects that project more than the allowable 4″, recessing into cabinets may not be an option on structural columns and many types of surfaces. Lowering the objects below 27″ has been the only viable option to comply.

Fire Extinguisher Cabinet Challenges & Solutions

When cabinets are an option, they require framing inside the wall.

Cabinets Are Expensive

Cabinets come in a variety of options and finishes, and can vary in price. The cost of the cabinet, however, is only a portion of the total cost of the installation, which requires labor and materials.

Installations Are Messy

Cabinet installations require opening a wall in order to access the studs. Framing is required, and then patching, painting and clean-up need to take place.

Professional Installs Required

Due to the complexity of installing cabinets, often times a professional carpenter and / or other trades are necessary. This requires coordination and scheduling.

Compliance Options Are Limited

For objects that project more than the allowable 4″, recessing into cabinets may not be an option on structural columns and many types of surfaces. Lowering the objects below 27″ has been the only viable option to comply.

Partially Recessed Cabinet in a Wall