Fire Extinguisher



Proper use of fire extinguishers is generally safe; however, there is some risk for mild respiratory, skin, or eye irritation. Use in areas with poor air flow, use with intent to harm someone, or intentional inhalation of fire extinguishers can produce serious toxicity and would require medical evaluation.

Refer to Fire and Emergency NZ guidelines.


A good condition empty fire extinguishers can be pressure-tested and refilled. Contact these organisations for more information:


Fire extinguishers which are completely empty can be recycled in the scrap metal bin at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre


Fire extinguishers, if empty, can be taken to the waste transfer station. Ask a staff member where to place it (do not dispose with general rubbish).