When asking the question “Are all dry riser cabinets the same?“, you need to know both what a dry riser is and why you would need it to be housed in a cabinet.
This may sound obvious but it will help you when considering the right one for your particular environment.
What They Are
In simple terms, a dry riser is the main vertical pipe in a building.
It is designed so that in the event of a fire the fire service can have access. The term is the opposite to standpipes or wet risers in that they will have their own water supply.
In order to allow access but keep the dry riser protected it needs to be kept in a cabinet. While it is important that fire crews can access the dry riser it is also important to prevent the system from getting damaged or vandalised which is where the cabinets come in.
There are different issues to consider when choosing a dry riser cabinet.
Do you want one that clearly indicates what it is or would you prefer something that blends into the background?
Fortunately, there are a number of options to choose that is best suited for your needs.
- Vertical surface mounted outlet – These jut out of the wall rather than being recessed into it. This is ideal if you want to make it clear where the dry riser is rather than having it blend into the background.
- Horizontal inlet cabinet – Best for people who want access to the riser but may not necessarily want it to jut out, this recessed cabinet is best for inclusion in a wall design while at the same time standing out just enough so you know where it is when you need it.
- Stainless steel – If you want an alternative to a red painted cabinet this is perfect, especially if you favour modern/minimalist designs. You can also get floor mounted inlets, ideal for having easy access without having them stand out.
- Architrave and door – This is worth considering because it comes with a Yale slam lock, a good option if you wish to deter vandals.
The Right Choice
As you can see when it comes to dry riser cabinets there are numerous variations.
However, ultimately it comes to the same thing: making sure that the access points for the dry riser can be accessed if necessary.
It is up to you to decide how clear you want that to be, how you want it to be secured or indeed what would be the most effective choice for your particular environment. In short, what is best is to think about what you think would be most appropriate for you and anyone needing to access the dry riser is an emergency.