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How to dispose of an extinguisher safely: A step-bystep guide

The use of fire extinguishers is an important safety tool to protect property and lives during an emergency. They have an expiration date and, as with other safety products, can lose their effectiveness over time. If you need to get rid of a fire-extinguisher safely, make sure to follow the steps below. You’ll find a detailed guide in this article on Where can I dispose of a fire extinguisher NZ.

1. Find the Type of Extinguisher:

Know the type of your fire extinguisher before disposing. Classification of fire extinguishers is based on their ability to put out a particular type (Class B, C or D). It is important to know the class of fire extinguisher you have so that you can dispose it and use it appropriately.

2. You can check the residual pressure by:

The pressure gauge should be checked before disposing of an extinguisher. The extinguisher should not be disposed of in the regular waste if you see that the gauge indicates it is pressurized. It’s okay to proceed if the extinguisher is not pressurized.

3. Local Authorities Contacted:

Ask your local fire department and hazardous waste disposal facility how you can safely dispose of your fire extinguisher. The local fire department or hazardous waste disposal facility may have special regulations and recommendations regarding the safe disposal of your extinguisher.

4. Inflate the extinguisher

Release any pressure from the extinguisher before disposing. You can do it by following these steps.

a. Bring the extinguisher to an open area with plenty of ventilation.
b. Direct the nozzle towards people or objects.
Release the pressure by slowly and steadily squeezing the handle.
Do not point the nozzle directly at someone, because any leftover contents can discharge.

5. Remove the Valve or Head:

Remove the valve after you have depressurized the extinguisher. This is usually done by loosening several bolts or screws. To avoid injury, be cautious when removing the extinguishing agent from the canister.

6. Separately dispose of each head:

In some cases, it may be necessary to dispose of the head and valve separately from the container. Please follow any instructions given by the local authorities regarding proper disposal.

7. You can recycle your old items by:

Some parts, including the canister, and some of the components in the head are recyclable. If you are interested in recycling fire extinguishers (or specific components), check your local recycling centers.

8. Label Empty

You can avoid any confusion by marking the fire extinguisher empty after you depressurize and empty it. You will be able to ensure that it is not used in an urgent situation.

9. What to do with non-recyclable items:

Follow local waste disposal regulations when disposing of extinguisher components that cannot be recycled, such as the plastic handle, hoses and safety pins.

10. Do not dispose of the waste without a proper document:

Be sure to keep a log of all the documents you receive from local authorities and recycling centers. It can prove useful if you ever need to show that the waste was properly disposed.

11. You can purchase a replacement:

To maintain safety, if your extinguisher isn’t working anymore you may wish to replace it. Maintain and inspect your new fire extinguisher on a regular basis to ensure its good condition.

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