When it comes to fire protection, fire extinguishers are usually one of the first things businesses buy. Although you may not realise it, fire extinguishers actually contain an array of harmful substances that can cause significant environmental damage if not treated properly. They are also under pressure, and have the potential to cause severe injury. This means that it’s extremely important to dispose of used or unwanted fire extinguishers properly. Failing to do so can have significant environmental and legal consequences.
You Can’t Simply Throw Your Fire Extinguishers In The General Waste
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t realise that fire extinguishers are classified as dangerous goods. They attempt to dispose of them in general waste or curbside collection. This simply isn’t possible, and you could find yourself in trouble if you try and do this.
Instead, you need to get in touch with a qualified, experienced fire extinguisher disposal service. Most fire safety companies will offer some sort of extinguisher disposal service, but you should be careful which ones you choose. Try and find a company who:
- Is committed to the environment. This means that they will make sure that your unwanted fire extinguishers are treated properly.
- Will recycle and reuse as many materials as possible. In many cases, unwanted fire extinguishers can simply be serviced or refurbished before being used by someone else.
- Has a reputation for friendly and professional service.