How do you dispose of a Halon fire extinguisher?

It is illegal to simply throw away Halon fire extinguishers, or worse, discharge them into the atmosphere. Your local Civic Amenity site (Aka council tip) will usually accept your old Halon fire extinguishers for free, or take them to an authorised disposal agent for safe decommissioning and disposal.

How do you dispose of unwanted fire extinguishers?

Fire extinguishers should be taken to larger Household Waste Recycling Centres for disposal. Fire extinguishers are classified as hazardous waste and need to be disposed of carefully. For safety reasons, most councils ask for the handles to be securely taped together or the safety pin to be in place.

Can Halon fire extinguishers be recycled?

The experienced fire protection equipment recyclers at Fire Protection Recycling are able to offer a safe and efficient collection and recycling service for the safe disposal of halon extinguishers.

Why Halon fire extinguisher is banned?

While Halon is considered a clean agent by The National Fire Protection Association because it’s electrically non-conducting and does not leave a residue, Halon has an extremely high potential for ozone depletion and contributes to global warming potential.

What can you do with old extinguishers?

Here’s what to do with an old, damaged, or expired extinguisher: If the fire extinguisher is partially or fully charged, call your fire department to ask if they accept drop-offs. If not, take the canister to a hazardous waste disposal facility.

Are old fire extinguishers worth money?

Since these extinguishers’ casings can be polished to reflect an attractive shine, they are incredibly collectible and proliferate the collectors’ market. On average, unrestored soda-acid fire extinguishers are worth around $100 to $200 but normally sell for about half of their estimated values.

Are Halon extinguishers banned?

Halon itself has not been banned, just new production. There are new substitute suppression agents commercially available or under development, along with alternative protection methods to fill the gaps created from the lack of new Halon production.

Why is halon so bad?

Is Halon Bad for the Environment? Unfortunately, yes. Halon is a potent CFC, meaning it depletes the ozone layer when it is released.

What is a disadvantage of Halon fire extinguishers?

Disadvantages: Obscures vision. More irritating than ordinary dry chemical. Nozzle pressure may cause burning liquids to splash.

Does Halon deplete oxygen?

Contrary to popular belief, Halon does not remove oxygen from the air, but rather reacts with all elements of a fire. When Halon is discharged, it breaks the chemical chain reaction. This accounts for most of its fire fighting properties.

How often should Halon extinguishers be hydrostatically tested?

Class K require a hydrostatic test every 5 years from the date that the fire extinguisher was manufactured. Halon require an internal maintenance every 6 years and a hydrostatic test every 12 years from the date that the extinguisher was manufactured

How does Halon extingushfire fire?

The Halon fire extinguisher uses a compressed gas that is liquefied to function. To stop the fire from spreading, this liquid form of compressed gas will disrupt the combustion chemical process. Unlike other types of fire extinguishers, the material coming out of this type does not put humans at risk as it is very safe for human exposure.

Can you throw away old fire extinguishers?

Throw the empty fire extenguisher can away or otherwise dispose of it as you would any other aerosol can. Contact your local fire brigade or waste management service to see if they offer recycling services for old fire extinguishers.

Is Halon safe?

Halon is clean (i.e., leaves no residue) and is remarkably safe for human exposure. Halon is a highly effective agent for firefighting in closed passenger carrying areas. Due to its effectiveness and relatively low toxicity, the FAA continues to recommend or require Halon extinguishers for use on commercial aircraft.