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Did you know that many of the fire extinguishers installed in big-box retail stores violate the ADA on multiple counts? They are often installed at a handle height of 60 inches or higher, when the ADA limits the height of installation to 48 inches. They also often protrude into the adjacent path of travel greater than the ADA limit of 4 inches. The ADA states that any object with a bottom edge higher than 27 inches cannot protrude more than 4 inches into a path of travel.
Why do retailers ignore the ADA guidelines and install them so high? Often, the reason is to avoid fire extinguisher collisions and damage from shopping carts. Other reasons include creating more floor space for merchandise and to reduce tampering by children. But the elevated installation height does little to provide access to people in wheelchairs, and it creates a hazard to people with vision loss.
Our OVAL fire extinguishers are the only 5 pound and 10 pound ABC fire extinguishers which can be surface mounted while protruding less than the ADA limit of 4 inches. (The standard, round, fire extinguishers are simply too large to fit within the ADA guidelines when surface mounted.) We also have an innovative solution for retailers which will enable them to install the OVAL fire extinguisher above shopping cart height while still providing access at the 48 inch height limit when needed.
Please visit us at www.OVALfireproducts.com to learn more about us and watch our video.
For our friends outside of the USA, within countries which have ratified the CRPD, the ISO 21542 accessibility standards are very similar to the ADA. Under ISO 21542, objects with a bottom edge higher than 11.8" (300mm) cannot protrude more than 4" (100mm).
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