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#81 -- Uses and Benefits of Plastic Fire Extinguisher Cabinets

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 11/2/2017 to Fire Extinguishers
Obtaining fire extinguishers to protect your facility in the event of a fire emergency is a great first step. However, it’s vital to ensure it’s in good working order and easily accessible in the instance of a fire. Otherwise, what’s the point?

If you’re looking for a fire extinguisher storage solution that is practical, protective, and cost-efficient then look no further – our plastic fire extinguisher cabinet from Cato is the solution for you!

In this article, we’ll look at the fire plastic fire extinguisher cabinet, where to use it, and its benefits. If you already know what you need, feel free to hop on over and view our selection of fire extinguisher cabinets.

Nevertheless, keep reading if you’d like to learn a bit more!

Why do you need a fire extinguisher cabinet?

A fire extinguisher cabinet can offer many protections that other mounting options cannot. For instance, protecting your extinguisher from the weather if the cabinet is outside, reducing tamper risk, and minimizing theft. These protections help prolong the life of the fire extinguisher and can lower replacement costs in the long run. 

A fire extinguisher that is kept outdoors faces wind, rain, snow, hail, and harsh temperatures. These elements can damage the extinguisher and shorten its lifespan significantly, which means frequent replacements. Rain, sleet, snow, and the use of salt to battle the elements above can cause corrosion to the body of the extinguisher and its parts. Sun and harsh temperatures can cause the labels and directions to fade, making it unintelligible – in these instances, the damaged fire extinguisher becomes more of a hinderance than a helper. 

Aside from the elements, a fire extinguisher cabinet protects your fire extinguisher from curious onlookers who may try to inspect or play with it. An extinguisher cabinet can also safeguard the extinguisher from vandals and thieves. 

An extinguisher cabinet is a surefire way to ensure that your fire extinguisher is where it needs to be when it’s most needed. Extinguisher cabinets are mounted on a wall’s surface or recessed into the wall, making them difficult to move. Once inside, the extinguisher cabinet can be locked, securing the fire extinguisher in its rightful home. 

What are the benefits of plastic fire extinguisher cabinets? 

While fire extinguisher cabinets come in varying materials, plastic fire extinguisher cabinets offer a plethora of benefits for the price – giving you more bang for your buck!

For starters, because plastic fire extinguisher cabinets are made of…well, plastic…they are lighter than steel or metal extinguisher cabinets. For you, this generally results in lower shipping costs. Without the bulk, plastic extinguisher cabinets are also easier to install. 

Instead of a glass front, plastic fire extinguisher cabinets feature a plexiglass front display. This slight change means there is no glass to shatter. Furthermore, the plexiglass front panel has ultra-violent inhibitors to protect your extinguisher’s instructions and tags from sun damage.

Most plastic fire extinguisher cabinets feature a built-in lock on the front, which eliminates the need for a padlock. Where a padlock can easily be cut off, a built-in lock eliminates this risk and keeps your fire extinguisher secure from thieves and vandals. 

Plastic fire extinguisher cabinets are designed to be durable and functional. Most designs feature a pitched roof, eliminating the pooling of water, and their assembly provides natural ventilation. Plastic fire extinguisher cabinets are effortless to care for because they’re easy to clean, they don’t rust, there’s no paint to chip, and they’re dent resistant. Perhaps the most important characteristic, though, is that they are fire retardant.

Where should I keep a plastic fire extinguisher cabinet?

NFPA code specifies the importance of readiness, placement, and accessibility when it comes to the placement and storage of a fire extinguisher. 

From the 2018 Edition of NFPA 10:
6.1.2 Extinguisher Readiness. Portable fire extinguishers shall be maintained in a fully charged and operable condition and shall be kept in their designated places at all times when they are not being used.
6.1.3Placement. Fire extinguishers shall be conspicuously located where they are readily accessible and immediately available in the event of a fire. extinguishers shall be located along normal paths of travel, including exits from areas.

A plastic fire extinguisher cabinet provides a consistent place to store your fire extinguisher at all times while maintaining its condition. Extinguishers kept in a plastic fire extinguisher cabinet are readily accessible and immediately available in the event of a fire. 

From the 2018 Edition of NFPA 10: Obstruction. Fire extinguishers shall be installed in locations where they are visible except as permitted by* In rooms and in locations where visual obstructions cannot be avoided, signs or other means shall be provided to indicate the extinguisher location.

Plastic fire extinguisher cabinets are highly visible since they come in red and white. Because plastic fire extinguisher cabinets are surface mounted, they can be marked with signs and decals to further emphasize its contents.

From the 2018 Edition of NFPA 10:* Cabinets. Cabinets housing fire extinguishers shall not be locked, except where fire extinguishers are subject to malicious use and cabinets include means of emergency access.

As previously mentioned, most plastic fire extinguisher cabinets come with a lock and key. The reasoning for this is because plastic fire extinguisher cabinets are often found in locations where they are subject to malicious use, like gas stations, outdoor picnic shelter houses, etc. However, this doesn’t limit their usage to outdoors – they are a suitable solution for indoor storage as well.  

Why buy a plastic fire extinguisher cabinet from QRFS?

Our plastic fire extinguisher cabinets have a body and frame injection molded from virgin, high-impact, crystal polystyrene of .110 thickness to inhibit UV rays. The front panel is constructed from .080 thick, virgin acrylic, Plaskolite panel. Our plastic fire extinguisher cabinets come in white or red and in three sizes to accommodate 5, 10, or 15 lb. fire extinguishers. Their design incorporates a built-in chromium-plated, brass safety lock with a lock cover to shield it from the elements, debris, dirt, and other build-up. Each cabinet comes with a matching ribbed-grip, polypropylene plastic-injected molded hammer for easy access in the instance of an emergency.

When you purchase a plastic fire extinguisher cabinet from QRFS, you benefit from our competitive pricing. Furthermore, you gain the advantage of our extensive product knowledge, quality customer service, and quick delivery times (generally within 2-3 business days).  

It’s our goal to make sure you’re covered, so you know about the latest and greatest products on the market. We aim to provide you with the right solution at the right time. 

Have a question? Add a comment below for us, and we’ll reply as soon as we can to get you on the right track!

This blog was originally posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach at QRFS.com/blog on November 2, 2017. If this article helped you find the right cabinet, check us out at Facebook.com/QuickResponseFireSupply or on Twitter @QuickResponseFS.

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