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NFPA 10 – Obsolete Fire Extinguishers

By May 18, 2020 No Comments

Any fire extinguisher that can no longer be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s maintenance manual is considered obsolete and shall be removed from service, in addition the following types of fire extinguishers are considered obsolete and shall be removed from service:

(1) Soda acid

(2) Chemical foam (excluding film-­forming agents)

(3) Vaporizing liquid (e.g., carbon tetrachloride)

(4) Cartridge ­operated water

(5) Cartridge­ operated loaded stream

(6) Copper or brass shell (excluding pump tanks) joined by soft solder or rivets

(7) Carbon dioxide extinguishers with metal horns

(8) Solid charge–type AFFF extinguishers (paper cartridge)

(9) Pressurized water fire extinguishers manufactured prior to 1971

(10) Any extinguisher that needs to be inverted to operate

(11) Any stored pressure extinguisher manufactured prior to 1955

(12) Any extinguishers with 4B, 6B, 8B, 12B, and 16B fire ratings

(13) Stored­ pressure water extinguishers with fiberglass shells (pre­1976)

Dry chemical stored pressure extinguishers manufactured prior to October 1984 shall  be removed from service at the next 6­ year maintenance interval or the next hydrotest interval, whichever comes first.

Any fire extinguisher that can no longer be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s maintenance manual is considered obsolete and shall be removed from service.

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