The short answer is no. You should not use an expired fire extinguisher in any situation. However, if you take the proper steps for care and maintenance, then your fire extinguisher should last you a long time – about 10 to 12 years. Our experts can help you determine whether or not your fire extinguisher is still in safe working condition by performing a hydro test on it. In the cases where your fire extinguisher is expired or no longer safe to operate, we will be able to provide you with a new one.
When Should A Fire Extinguisher Be Replaced?
Here are some signs that your fire extinguisher should be replaced as soon as possible:
- When the seal around the neck is weak or broken, which allows the compressed air to escape. This lowers the pressure in the fire extinguisher, which will cause it to malfunction and fail when you need it the most.
- When the chemical powder in your fire extinguisher settles at the bottom and gets packed down. If this is the case, then a fire protection service company will be able to empty and recharge your fire extinguisher, so you will not need to have a complete replacement.
- If the hose or nozzle is cracked, ripped or clogged.
- If the pin is missing or unsealed.
- If the handle is broken or wobbly.
- If the inspection tag is missing.
Disposing Of A Fire Extinguisher
Since fire extinguishers are full of pressurized chemicals, they can’t simply be thrown into the trash bin. You will need to take certain precautions to make sure you dispose of it safely.
If your fire extinguisher is not empty, then you will have to call your local fire department and ask them if you can drop it off at their firehouse. Or if the fire department will not take it, you can take your fire extinguisher to the nearest hazardous waste disposal facility.
If your fire extinguisher is empty, then squeeze the lever to make sure that all of the pressure has been released. Then remove the fire extinguisher head so that the person who disposes of the fire extinguisher knows that all of its contents have been removed. Once your old fire extinguisher is completely empty, and you have removed the head, then most recycling factories should take its steel body.
We are dedicated to keeping our clients and customers safe by offering them fire extinguishers, emergency exit lighting and other fire safety services. Our team of expert fire suppression experts are able to help you with any of your fire needs. If you are unsure of the condition of your fire extinguisher, contact us today if you would like to have them inspected or tested.