Illegal extinguisher disposal
07 December 2015
Chubb Fire & Security is reminding users of the dangers of illegally discarding or disposing of old fire extinguishers, following reports of an extinguisher exploding as it was crushed by a London refuse lorry.
Chubb, the provider of security and fire-safety solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
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 exploded. Nobody was injured.
“The consequences of this incident could have been much worse, even fatal,” said Richard Parker, portable fire extinguisher business lead, 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.”