Choosing a Fire Extinguisher Cabinet
Almost all Commercial Facilities require an accessible Fire Extinguisher to be housed in a Fire Extinguisher Cabinet. There are hundreds of Fire Extinguisher Cabinets to choose from. Products range from the Heavy Duty Fire Extinguisher Cabinets to a simple, inexpensive plastic fire extinguisher cabinet and just about anywhere in between. The most important job of these fire extinguisher cabinets is to hold a fire extinguisher and to have it available to anyone in case of a fire.
Things to consider when purchasing a fire extinguisher cabinet:
Accessibility - Many municipal codes require the fire extinguisher to follow ADA accessibility guidelines. Check with your municipality and follow those building codes. An accessible fire extinguisher cabinet will need to project no more than 4" from the wall, meaning you will need to purchase a semi-recessed or recessed model fire extinguisher cabinet in order to comply with the projection of the cabinet. There are also certain mounting heights to comply with so check with your local building codes.
Plastic Fire Extinguisher Cabinets - Plastic Fire Exitinguisher Cabinets are a great choice whe you need a cabinet that may need to be placed outdoors and can hold up to outdoor weather conditions. These are also a great affordable option - check with your municipality and the dimensions on the fire extinguisher cabinet as some are surface mounted and project more than 4" from the surface of the wall. Other cabinets like the Cato Classic 405-10-W Plastic Semi-Recessed Fire Extinguisher Cabinet are ADA compliant and have a stainless steel piano hinge. The Centurion Portable Fire Extinguisher Stand is perfect for outside conditions like ships, oil rigs, plants, marinas, docks, piers or warehouses. The Cato Chief is very popular as it is affordable and easily mounted and used.
- You can choose from several different materials for your fire extinguisher cabinet. Many come as standard steel, but you can also choose: Aluminum, Stainless Steel and Wooden Fire Extinguisher Cabinets. Your application depends on the type of material you would want to choose from. Aluminum is lighter than steel, stainless steel is rust proof and wooden fire extinguisher cabinets look more upscale and can coordinate in professional buildings like doctor's offices.
Wall Mounting Options - There are 3 different wall mounting options to choose from with fire extiguisher cabinets. Semi-Recessed, many are ADA accessible - check the trim projection. Fully-Recessed Fire Extinguisher Cabinets - these are all ADA accessible. Surface Mounted - these are not usually ADA compliant, but work great in buildings that do not require ADA accessibility as they are much easier to install.
Fire Rated Options - Fire Rated Fire Extinguisher Cabinets are rated and listed as fire rated by Warnock-Hersey. These cabinets can withstand a fire for a certain amount of time.
Fire Extinguisher Signs - Fire Extinguisher Signs are required by many municipalities to direct employees to where the closest fire extinguisher is.
Fire Extinguishers - Choose from many different extinguishers based on fire extinguisher ratings and capacity. Basic capacity ranges from 5 lbs to 20 lbs.