If the fire extinguisher is partially or fully charged, call your fire department to ask if they accept drop-offs. If not, take the canister to a hazardous waste disposal facility. If the fire extinguisher is empty, squeeze the lever to ensure no pressure remains inside.
What do I do with an old fire extinguisher?
HOW TO DISPOSE OF A FIRE EXTINGUISHER
- Release any pressure contained in the canister by shooting a small amount into an open area.
- Let the canister sit for a few days, making sure the pressure has been released.
- Once there is no longer any pressure, dispose in a trash bag in your regular garbage.
How do you dispose of fire extinguisher powder?
Powder. You must dispose of a powder fire extinguisher professionally. You can do this by taking it down to your local recycling center where they will be able to dispose of it for you. As an alternative, you can take yours to a Household Hazardous Waste collection site (HHW).
Can empty fire extinguishers be refilled?
Regular fire extinguishers don’t have a strict expiration date. However, disposable fire extinguishers—which can’t be recharged or refilled—should be replaced every 12 years.
Can you sell fire extinguishers?
Making money from extinguishers requires getting them at a low cost and selling them at a higher price to make a profit. Obtain an EIN number, available for free from the IRS, to prove you’re a business entity so you can buy fire extinguishers at wholesale prices from distributors or directly from manufacturers.
What happens if you swallow fire extinguisher powder?
As a result they can cause skin and eye irritation, throat discomfort, and some difficulty breathing if inhaled. These effects are usually short lived and go away on their own. If large amounts of these substances are swallowed, some nausea and vomiting can occur.
Is fire extinguisher powder toxic?
The dry powder in ABC fire extinguishers is non-toxic but can cause skin irritation. You can check the manufacturer’s website or the information on the extinguisher itself. The chemicals used vary by model and manufacturer but if they sprayed toxic chemicals they’d never be licensed for home use.