Chubb Fire & Security warns end users of dangers around illegal extinguisher disposal

End users are being warned about the dangers of illegally discarding or disposing of old fire extinguishers

End users are being warned about the dangers of illegally discarding or disposing of old fire extinguishers

Chubb Fire & Security has moved to remind end users about the dangers of illegally discarding or disposing of old fire extinguishers. The warning follows on from reports of an extinguisher exploding as it was crushed by a refuse lorry in London.

The portable Chubb Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extinguisher had been improperly disposed of in a household waste bin outside a block of flats. When the extinguisher was tipped into the back of the lorry and crushed, it duly exploded. Thankfully, according to reports no-one was injured.

“The consequences of this incident could have been much worse, even fatal,” said Richard Parker, portable fire extinguisher business lead at Chubb.

“CO2 extinguishers are perfectly safe when installed and maintained correctly, but like any high-pressure product they must be handled properly. Extinguishers like this will typically be safely removed for free by a service company and should never be disposed of as general waste.”

Chubb has provided more than one million CO2 extinguishers to businesses and homes across the UK that are used to fight fires involving electrical equipment by removing heat with a very cold discharge.

If regularly maintained, the typical lifespan of a CO2 extinguisher is about ten years. At that point, the extinguisher requires refurbishment of its cylinder and replacement of the valve.

Such procedures should be conducted in a certified establishment like Chubb’s National Distribution Centre, which is located in Birmingham.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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