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Why is my fire extinguisher emptied after one use?

Fire extinguishers (here in the US anyway) are REQUIRED to not be usable after being discharged, partial or not, because you can never know HOW MUCH extinguishing material was discharged by just ...
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Why is my fire extinguisher emptied after one use?

If it's a dry chemical extinguisher (seems likely, most common, particularly with a pressure gauge) the simple answer is that the valve has got dry chemical dust in it and no longer seals properly as ...
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Why is my fire extinguisher emptied after one use?

While not strictly speaking "single use", I would consider a typical consumer-grade residential fire extinguisher (I have 2 - one on each floor, with the upstairs one near the kitchen) to be a single-...
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Why are fire sprinklers and extinguishing systems failing?

If you're not from the wildfire west, it's hard to get it. This isn't a dumpster fire, it's a firestorm. You might as well be putting the building in an autoclave and expecting it to not burn. ...
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Fire extinguisher gauge showing high pressure

If it's a consumer-grade (non-refillable, non-serviceable, use once) that is your personal property, just buy a new one, and discharge and dispose of this one if it concerns you. Be aware that it will ...
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Why is my fire extinguisher emptied after one use?

Fire extinguishers with plastic heads cannot (or should not) be refilled (recharged)...only metal heads. Plastic heads can split, crack, etc. over time. Either they won’t take a charge or they’ll ...
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Indoor vs outdoor fire safety training for kids

Whilst learning how to be proficient with a fire extinguisher is a good thing doing it inside in a fireplace is pretty foolhardy thing to do. There is danger of the fire bursting out of the fireplace, ...
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How to properly dispose of empty fire extingusher?

The procedure I used was: I fully discharged it into a large bucket/tub, then removed the top (it just unscrewed), separating the valve assembly and nozzle from the metal tank. This ensures the ...
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Can a person with limited hand strength operate a heavy duty First Alert extinguisher?

A quick search on the First Alert web site didn't provide much useful information. However, I did find a site with ADA requirements: 309.4 Operation. Operable parts shall be operable with one hand ...
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How to properly dispose of empty fire extingusher?

Many, but not all, can be refilled/recharged. I'd ask the local fire dept who does that, get a quote, and compare it to the cost of buying a replacement If not, then if there is any pressure left ...
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Why are fire sprinklers and extinguishing systems failing?

First step: don't let the fire burn right up to your house The concept of defensible space in a wildfire-prone area is to make sure that there isn't a huge amount of fuel right next to the building ...
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I have 8 of those for a hotel safe all need to be refills and teste it so please how can i do that?

Check with your local fire station. I know the main station in my town refills extinguishers. Other companies that certify high pressure tanks (hydrostatic testing) also fill extinguishers. Both ...
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I have 8 of those for a hotel safe all need to be refills and teste it so please how can i do that?

You don't refill them. You replace them if they are past their date. Basically you physically inspect them. Or you take them to a fire extinguisher place to be checked. If it is a hotel, you need to ...
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How can I fireproof a room?

It's hard to say anything useful without details... I'd strongly recommend hiring an engineer to advise you on this. Preferably one who works on laboratory safety, since that's the closest thing I can ...
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Why is my fire extinguisher emptied after one use?

There are (at least) two types of fire extinguishers, ones that are preloaded and ones that you must load before use. The ones preloaded have the chamber, that contains the extuingishing medium ...
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Why is my fire extinguisher emptied after one use?

Can't help you with arts and crafts reuse, as that's off topic here. Do hydrostatic test the tank to 225% of working pressure. Better to go "tink" than "BOOM". For use in a home, Take the ...
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Weber Genesis caught on fire

Same happened to me. It's a bad weber genesis design. The rubber propane hose attaches upward very close to right end of drip pan so even small grease fires can reach the rubber line. A small metal ...
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Is it worth refilling these fire extinguishers or should I just throw out?

Depends if it's disposable or refillable. Many cheaper extinguishers are disposable (only) and not designed to be refillable. After that it's just math (cost of service, possibly including hydro ...
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Fire Extinguisher Selection for Multiple Use

This is a layman's view, but with some logic behind it as well as experience. Choose an extinguisher for the major threat first. A second extinguisher might be nice to have but as residual ...
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