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Ruth Das - 12th December 2021
How to safely dispose fire safety products!
Owning a fire safety product is a mark of a safe and well-planned household, but it doesn’t stop there. Beyond reading the instructions and properly placing them, is the knowledge that your products have a shelf life and will need to be replaced. It’s time to learn more about why fire safety products expire and how to dispose of them when they do or if used.
How do I dispose off my fire blanket?
Using a fire blanket is one of the safest ways to extinguish a flammable liquid burning in a container, for example, oil or fat burning in a saucepan.
A fire blanket must be disposed of and replaced after being used as they are not designed to be re-used. It can be dangerous to re-use a fire blanket if it’s already extinguished a previous fire. Always wait until the fire blanket has returned to room temperature or wet thoroughly with water after use. It can then be disposed of in the normal domestic household waste. The plastic casing or packaging of fire blankets can be disposed of in the normal domestic household recycling waste.
Why Do Fire Extinguishers Expire?
Fire extinguishers are fire-fighting compounds under pressure, and eventually, that pressure will diminish to a point where it’s no longer effective – the last thing you want if you suddenly find you need one. This is why your fire extinguisher comes with a pressure gauge. As long as the needle is in the green zone, your fire extinguisher is under optimal pressure. How long this lasts depends on the type and size of the extinguisher – manufacturers provide the lifespan as well as documentation to help keep track of inspections.Enquire from us
Are the Contents of Fire Extinguishers Hazardous?
Generally speaking, household fire extinguishers fall into one of two camps: dry chemical extinguishers that release fine dust (usually mono ammonium phosphate or sodium bicarbonate) and Co2 extinguishers, which use carbon dioxide. Neither are hazardous to humans, though the dry chemical extinguishers can contain irritants. Old fire extinguishers can contain other elements – if you’re uncertain of the contents of your fire extinguisher, consider its hazardous waste and contact your fire department if possible.Whatsapp us directly!
Disposal of Expired Fire Extinguishers
Once your fire extinguisher expires (or is used), you may be able to be returned to us for a refill. Either way, you should empty your fire extinguisher using the PASS method. Dry chemical extinguishers should be emptied into a trash bag or an area where acidic fertilizer would be used, such as evergreens.
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However, if you wish to recycle them or if you don't wanna worry about hassle, you can always contact us. We will dispose the powder in the appropriate manner and the metal will be reused and upcycled to other metal products through our metal recycling partner. Feel free to contact us regarding any additional information about the process or fire safety. We have your back!Click here to find more information on fireproofing your home!Whatsapp us directly!Enquire from us