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Fire extinguisher question

we were cleaning out a back corner of the attic, and in a box that may or may not have been from our single lives (we've been married 12 years), we found a kidde fire extinguisher, still in the box, never used or was the glue on the box even broken.

2 questions - if we had a fire and I pulled it out, would this thing even work? (I would think not)

and if it's inoperable, what do I do with it? it does say 'disposeble' on it, but I cant just pitch it, can I?

created by billy on Oct 22, 2011 at 09:39:14 am     Home     Comments: 9

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Its just got some inert dust in it throw it out if you want. Chances are all the pressure has leaked out, there should be a green sort of pin on the trigger cant remember how its supposed to be if its still good.

posted by Linecrosser on Oct 22, 2011 at 01:30:44 pm     #  

if it were leaking, there's be dust residue around the leaking area.

nonetheless, as a fire suppression device, I'd say dispose of it properly at a fire station and replace it for peace of mind. Contents are under pressure, and you'd not want to be responsible for an issue in a sanitation truck should the extinguisher "explode", even if they can't find out if it were you that placed it in there.

I think "disposable" on the packaging means AFTER the chemical within has been dispers

posted by BrianInFlorida on Oct 22, 2011 at 03:09:55 pm     #  

Call the guys at Fyr-Fyter. The know everything you would ever want to know about fire extinguishers and way more ;-)
I think I talked to Terry in the shop--that guy knows everything!

posted by taxiang on Oct 22, 2011 at 05:20:16 pm     #   2 people liked this

if you have never used a fire extinguisher take it out in the yard and rull the trigger so you know what to expect when you really need one.

posted by jhop on Oct 22, 2011 at 09:14:21 pm     #  

That's good advice jhop. There's a little bit more power than I expected. It's good to have practice aiming.

posted by viola on Oct 22, 2011 at 10:04:14 pm     #  

I completely agree with Taxiang. I work with Fyr Fyter on various commercial buildings for service on fire extinguishers. I believe the kidde ones are pretty disposable and unserviceable. You could buy from Fyr Fyter for $40 bucks or so. They can then service it. In my buildings we have them inspected annually but theres not much to do until the 5 year mark of an extinguisher...unless of course you use it.

posted by douglasadietz on Oct 23, 2011 at 12:42:55 am     #  

I'd take it to your local Fire Station and ask them.

If that fire etinguisher were mine, I'd trash it and go to the Big Box and buy one for each floor of your house.

posted by rch101 on Oct 23, 2011 at 04:08:26 pm     #  

Typically for dry powder extinguishers, the gage should read in the green, and you should shake it twice a year so the powder does not cake up/compact. Carbon dioxide cylinders need to worry about the integrity of the cylinder every so many years, spots of rust on older steel ones is a concern as well as hose cracking.

posted by anonymouscoward on Oct 23, 2011 at 05:51:58 pm     #  

Probably so small it doesn't have a gauge.

posted by Linecrosser on Oct 23, 2011 at 05:55:11 pm     #