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Ask The Times: Expired extinguishers could be recharged
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.


What do I do with a very old fire extinguisher with the stuff still inside? It’s full but probably more than 20 years old?

There are many different types of fire extinguishers, meaning there are different ways to dispose of them.

Scott Cagle, fire marshall of the Hall County Fire Services, advises taking it to a local fire protection or extinguisher agency, who will know if it’s refillable or not.

Local places include the Fire Protection Co., the Hall County Recycling Center, 1008 Chestnut St SE, Gainesville, and the Hazardous Water Center. From there you will know if you can recharge it, recycle it or dispose of it.

With proper maintenance, most fire extinguishers can last 10 to 12 years, according to Cagle. Maintenance should include monthly inspection, professional maintenance annually and hydrostat testing every three years.

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