Does Your Extinguisher Comply?

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Check the Extinguisher Expiration Date

Many extinguishers have an expiration date. Between changing safety standards and obsolete technology, extinguisher expiration is not cut and dry. An expired extinguisher does not comply with NFPA code. The first test is the 1955 rule: all extinguishers manufactured before 1955 are obsolete. The safety powers-that-be have determined which types and corresponding years require an extinguisher to be removed from service. If your extinguisher is from 1984 or before, you’ll need to check its type to make an informed decision about the expiration. Double check with your certified professional about any extinguishers manufactured from 1955 to 1984. Here’s a guide to some of the years and types to look out for.


Extinguishers to Replace
To replace an extinguisher or not? Old, banned technology and defective units must also be removed from service. Some extinguishing chemicals that were once widely used have been banned. In addition, any damaged extinguishers must be removed from service. Here’s a list of what you don’t want in your extinguishers.



So, What Now?
If your extinguishers are no longer compliant, a certified professional must  replace the equipment. If you need an extinguisher professional, you can connect to one here.

Once your equipment is up to par, you’ll probably need to be trained to use the equipment. Click here to learn about extinguisher training. Until then, click here to review of what to do.


Please note, while this post may be very informative, every case is individual. We recommend discussing your needs with a certified professional. You have everything to gain and little to lose with a quick, free call or email. Click here to contact a certified extinguisher professional now.

Will Buchholz

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Posted on: June 10, 2015

3 thoughts on “Does Your Extinguisher Comply?

  1. Thank you for the great post. Hopefully those with expired extinguisher(s) find this post. They really need to update to ensure they are safe in case of a fire. Thanks again Mr. Reynolds for the post.

  2. I didn’t realize that fir extinguishers had expiration dates. Is it the technology that becomes outdated or are there things in it that expire? What is the proper way to dispose of an old extinguisher? Thanks for this information! I’ll make sure to check the ones around my house today!

    1. Fire Extinguishers expire for a couple of reasons. Cylinders that are no longer made cannot be recharged, so they have to be disposed of and replaced. Most fire extinguishers rely on a propellant to push their contents out of the hose and onto the fire – it is most commonly this propellant that tends to expire. The extinguishing chemicals expire in some extinguishers including K class (kitchen fire extinguishers). Because fire extinguishers are full of pressurized chemicals they need to be disposed of by a professional. A1 can help with that if you are in our service area or you can call your local fire department or nearest hazardous waste disposal facility for information on how to dispose of fire extinguishers in your community.

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