Fire Extinguisher Uses After They Expire

At the end of a fire extinguisher’s life (which is 5 years from the DOM – Date of Manufacture, as per AS1851), after 5 long years, some extinguishers still look relatively new, however have reached a safe working life end.

The cost to refill some extinguisher’s like Dry Powder is approximately the same as buying a new one in Australia due to importing materials, labour costs, warehousing costs and speciality machinery. Majority of fire companies now choose to send these units back, normally at a cost to China. Some local governments will allow dumping of a fire extinguisher, yet many wont due to the fire extinguisher being a pressurized unit.

What are your options for the fire extinguishers that are damaged and can’t go back to be scrapped and refilled?  The local tip, however, as a throwaway society, FCF is doing its best to upcycle some of these old extinguishers. Get in contact with FCF to handle the safe and environmentally friendly disposal of fire extinguishers.