Defibrillator ADA Guidelines

Defibrillator ADA Guidelines

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Following are guidelines that will help you satisfy the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

Automated External Defibrillator Mounting Heights

The height to reach the handle of an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a public gathering place should be no more than 48 inches high. ADA guidelines specify maximum reach ranges for health equipment such as automated external defibrillators and other life safety devices. For safety equipment with an unobstructed approach, the maximum forward reach to the equipment is 48 inches above the floor. The maximum side reach for an unobstructed approach to an AED is 54 inches.

Wall Projections for AEDs

ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) specify that objects such as automated external defibrillator wall cabinets shall not protrude more than 4 inches from the wall into walks, corridors, passageways, or aisles. The same guidelines hold true when storing airline AEDs on an airplane with minimal space.

AED Program Guidelines

Be sure your AED Program is both compliant and effective and follow the ADA guidelines for AED placement. The life you save could be your own!

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