Every home should be equipped with both a fire extinguisher and smoke alarms. These are necessary items to ensure your families safety in the event of a fire. What many people do not know is that these items do need to be replaced on a regular basis. Be careful though as there are certain procedures that have to be followed. Disposing of your fire extinguisher can be done in a number of ways and in most cases smoke alarms can be recycled.
Before disposing of any smoke alarm you should remove the batteries. The next step is to remove the plastic casing on the outside. You can recycle the plastic cover with your other household items. The inside circuit board however cannot be recycled or thrown away. The reason is that it contains radioactive material. The only way to get rid of it is to send it back to the manufacturer or find a Household Hazardous Waste drop site.
Disposing Fire Extinguishers Safely
Disposing of fire extinguishers is a different matter. First it depends on the type of fire extinguisher you have. The three types include gas, dry chemical and aerosol extinguishers. Each type has its own disposal method. The best idea is to call your local fire department or waste management service to find out the disposal methods in your area.
Before disposing or recycling any fire extinguisher make sure that it is empty. Take it outside, away from children and pets, and depress the lever to get rid of any gas or chemicals inside. In most cases the steel body can be recycled. Before that the top or head has to be removed. Again you should call the fire department or Trash Company first.
In some areas you can have the old fire extinguisher picked up for you. Some fire departments will even swap a new extinguisher for an old one. This might even be an option available from the manufacturer. If you have the time you can go online and search the internet to find companies that sell extinguishers and they can recommend a disposal site for you.
Fire extinguishers need to be disposed of once they have been used, or they become too old. Check your extinguishers often to make sure they are properly charged and not out of date. All extinguishers come with a tag that has a date on it. Smoke alarms should also be replaced about every 10-12 years.
Ashley Madison blogs about home and fire safety for Essential Fire Safety UK. You can follow Ashley on any of the following: