The right fire safety plan should keep every last one of your customers and staff members safe, which is part of why ADA compliant fire extinguishers are so critical. How can you determine whether or not your fire extinguishers are ADA compliant and good enough to get the job done?
What is ADA Compliance?
The Americans with Disabilities Act is designed to protect individuals throughout the country with disabilities. These disabilities can include everything from major mental or physical disabilities involving movement, hearing, seeing, speaking, or learning. Every business operating in the United States has to follow certain standards of ADA compliance when it comes to their fire safety and fire protection plans.
Where is the Fire Extinguisher Mounted?
When placing a fire extinguisher, make sure that it is at an accessible height. ADA guidelines suggest that fire extinguishers be mounted no higher forward than 48 inches and no lower forward than 15 inches from the ground to ensure that people in wheelchairs could access them in the event of an emergency. Also, take into account how far your fire extinguisher will come out from the wall. Objects that are projecting from walls with leading edges between 27-80 inches from the floor shouldn’t stick out more than 4 inches according to ADA guidelines.
Check Your Evacuation Plans Too
While ADA compliant fire extinguishers are the law, it’s also important to consider the other aspects of fire safety and ADA compliance. Make sure that you have an appropriate evacuation plan for people with significant mental or physical disabilities. If the plan is different than the plan for able-bodied people, make sure to note it properly and familiarize others in the building with the modifications.
Commercial Fire Protection from Biles Fire Protection
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