How to Properly Dispose of a Fire Extinguisher

  • If it still has a charge, a local fire protection professional should be able to assist you in disposing of it in an appropriate way- just call up your fire department for a quick, local answer
  • If the steel canister is empty, your local recycling facility will show you how to recycle it. Squeeze the lever and remove the extinguisher head to ensure there is no pressure in the cylinder.

Guide to Fire Extinguisher Inspections: When to Replace a Fire Extinguisher vs. Recharging Fire Extinguishers

Did you know that a fire extinguisher should not just be thrown away when it’s empty? In fact, there are specific steps that need to be followed in order to dispose of a fire extinguisher properly.

If you don’t follow these steps, you could be putting your life and the lives of others at risk. In this blog post, we will discuss the proper way to dispose of a fire extinguisher. Stay safe!

Does Your Fire Extinguisher Need to be Replaced?

If your fire extinguisher is more than 12 years old, and is a disposable variety, it needs to be replaced.

If it’s been damaged or discharged, it also needs to be replaced.

What is a disposable vs regular fire extinguisher?

A disposable fire extinguisher is one that cannot be recharged or refilled after it has been used. A regular fire extinguisher can be recharged and reused.

4 Ways to know it needs a replacement

The first way is if it’s more than 12 years old. The second way is if the fire extinguisher has been used or discharged. The third way is if the fire extinguisher has been damaged.

And finally, the fourth way you’ll know it needs to be replaced is if it does not have a current inspection sticker from a certified company

How to Dispose of a Fire Extinguisher

How to Dispose of a Fire Extinguisher

There are four ways you can dispose of a fire extinguisher:

  • Take it to a recycling center that accepts metal.
  • Drop it off at your local hazardous waste facility.
  • Bring it to a company that sells or services fire extinguishers.
  • Contact your local fire department.

Check the gauge on the fire extinguisher. If it’s in the green, it’s still good to go. If it’s in the red, that means it needs to be replaced.

What do I do with my old fire extinguisher?

If your fire extinguisher needs to be replaced, you need to properly dispose of it.

How To Dispose Of A Fire Extinguisher

How To Dispose Of A Fire Extinguisher

So, how do you properly dispose of a fire extinguisher?

If your fire extinguisher is empty, and is the disposable variety, you’ll need to take it to

You can’t just throw away a fire extinguisher – they need to be disposed of properly.

So how do you dispose of a fire extinguisher?

The first stepEmpty fire extinguishers can be very dangerous. If they are not disposed of properly, they can leak toxic chemicals or explode. That is why it is important to follow the proper steps when disposing of a fire extinguisher.

The first step is to contact your local fire department or waste management company. They will be able to tell you the best way to dispose of the fire extinguisher in your area.

How To Dispose Of A Fire Extinguisher

The second step is to remove the canister from the fire extinguisher. This can be done by unscrewing the canister from the base. Once the canister is removed, you will need to puncture it so that it cannot be reused.

The third step is to dispose of the canister in a safe way. This might mean taking it to a local recycling center or hazardous waste facility.

By following these steps, you can be sure that you are disposing of your fire extinguisher properly and keeping yourself and others safe. Stay safe!

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