Arrival of new fire extinguishers makes usable older models available to faculty, staff
From Bob Jacobs, Environmental Safety Officer
Institutions such as St. Thomas must perform a “hydro test” on a fire extinguisher every 12 years; however, in the quantities in which we buy fire extinguishers, it is cheaper to buy a new one than to have the old one tested. We therefore have a number of 12-year-old extinguishers available.
Since these are perfectly good and usable extinguishers, and the requirement for the 12-year test does not apply to an extinguisher used in an individual’s home, cabin or garage, the university will donate these extinguishers to faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis.
The “fire sale” will start at exactly 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Receiving and Recycling dock in the Physical Plant Building. To allow a maximum number of people to participate, there will be a limit of one extinguisher per person. Please have your St. Thomas faculty-staff ID card with you.
For your information, once these extinguishers are used to put out a fire or otherwise loose pressure, they cannot be refilled until they are tested.