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    Extinguishers: Meeting Installation Compliance With Fire Extinguisher Stands

    By Mark Conroy

    You are faced with a challenge. The largest convention center in the state has requested that you install extinguishers in the main exhibit hall, but there are no columns to mount extinguishers. What is the solution? Fire extinguisher stands are the recognized solution and the extinguisher installations will be code compliant. Here is what you need to know about the code and extinguisher stands.

    NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers recognizes that portable fire extinguisher stands can be used for installation compliance.

    A. In situations where it is necessary that fire extinguishers be provided temporarily, a good practice is to provide portable stands on which the fire extinguishers can be installed

    An extinguisher placed on the floor would not be compliant, as says that the bottom of the extinguisher can be no lower than 4 inches from the floor. All of the fire extinguisher stands available from Brooks are designed so they resist tipping (either a wide base or sand is added to the base).

    Extinguisher Stands

    Style P/N 5 lb 10 lb 20 lb Sand* Stackable Cabinet
    Mounted on Hanger FES1 N/A
    Extinguisher Cabinet FES2 For FGC26 Cabinet
    Extinguisher Cabinet FGSWC10 Break Front
    Extinguisher Cabinet FGSWC20 Break Front
    Mounted on Hanger FMRGC N/A

    *Sand is added to base for stability (must be locally sourced).


    Pictures of Extinguisher Stands In Use

    FES2 in use with FGC26

    Other temporary locations for extinguishers include construction sites, music festivals, fairs, farmer’s markets, and carnivals. Your knowledge of extinguisher stands will help assure that your customer’s temporary extinguishers are code compliant and readily accessible in the event of a fire emergency.

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    Mark Conroy is an engineer in our Boston, MA office and a principal member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Portable Fire Extinguishers. © 2018 Brooks Equipment.

    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the above Tech Series article are the author’s only and provide limited information. Although the information is believed to be reliable, Brooks Equipment Company, LLC expressly disclaims any warranty with respect to the information and any liability for errors or omissions. The user of this article or the product(s) is responsible for verifying the information’s accuracy from all available sources, including the product manufacturer. The authority having jurisdiction should be contacted for code interpretations.