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How to properly dispose of an old or used fire extinguisher

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Firefighters say every household needs a fire extinguisher, but how do you dispose of an old one?

Throwing away a full or charged extinguisher could be dangerous. It's recommended you completely empty the extinguisher and take it to a local scrap metal recycler. But every recycler has different policies on taking used extinguishers.

"There's different types of fire extinguishers. The dry chemical fire extinguishers are under less pressure than let's say a CO2 fire extinguisher, which would be a lot more pressurized. And so that's why it's important to get them discharged," said Leo Mueller, with the Adams County Health Department.

If you have questions about how to safely discharge a fire extinguisher and make it ready for recycling, you can call Quincy Fire Equipment company at (217) 223-1177 or the Adams County Health Department at (217) 222-8440. 

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