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Obsolete Fire Extinguishers

In an effort to insure that all fire extinguishers are safe and can be properly maintained, NFPA-10, has come up with guidelines for determining obsolete fire extinguishers- to be removed from service.

“ 4.4 Obsolete Fire Extinguishers.  The following types of fire extinguishers are considered obsolete and shall be removed from service:

  1. Soda acid
  2. Chemical foam (excluding film-forming agents)
  3. Vaporizing liquid (e.g., carbon tetrachloride)
  4. Cartridge-operated water
  5. Cartridge-operated loaded stream
  6. Copper or brass shell (excluding pump tanks) joined by soft solder or rivets
  7. Carbon dioxide extinguishers with metal horns
  8. Solid charge-type AFFF extinguisher (paper cartridge)
  9. Pressurized water fire extinguishers manufactured prior to 1971
  10. Any extinguisher that needs to be inverted to operate
  11. Any stored pressure extinguisher manufactured prior to 1955
  12.  Any extinguishers with 4B, 6B, 8B, 12B, and 16B fire ratings
  13. Stored-pressure water extinguishers with fiberglass shells (pre-1976)

4.4.1    Dry Chemical stored pressure extinguishers manufactured prior to October 1984 shall be removed from service at the next 6-year maintenance interval or the next hydrotest interval, whichever comes first.

4.4.2    Any fire extinguisher that can no longer be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s maintenance manual-is considered obsolete and shall be removed from service. “ - 2007 Edition of NFPA-10