Why It's Not Safe to Use an Expired Fire Extinguisher

When it comes to fire safety, being prepared makes a huge difference. One of the most important tools in your fire safety kit is your fire extinguisher. However, like most fire safety tools, fire extinguishers don't last forever

Using an expired fire extinguisher doesn't seem like a big deal, but it can put you and your family in danger. Here are the reasons why it's not safe to use an expired fire extinguisher: 

Lack of Pressure

lack of pressure

Fire extinguishers rely on pressure to expel their fire-extinguishing content. However, the pressure inside a fire extinguisher decreases over time.

As a result, an expired fire extinguisher might not be able to do its job during a fire emergency. This puts you and your loved ones in danger as the fire spreads in your house

Faulty Nozzle


faulty nozzle

A fire extinguisher's hose or nozzle is crucial for directing the extinguishing agent to the fire. Unfortunately, like other parts, it deteriorates over time. 

For instance, rubber hoses become brittle over time. Nozzles might also crack or clog eventually. These can cause a fire extinguisher to fail when you need it most. Imagine aiming at a fire, but nothing comes out. That's a huge risk you don't want to take. 

Chemical Breakdown


chemical breakdown

However, these chemicals break down over time. When this happens, their fire-extinguishing capabilities decrease. 

Even if your expired fire extinguisher has enough pressure or a working nozzle, you can't put out a fire if the agent doesn't work. 

Leaks and Corrosion

leaks and corrosion

Fire extinguishers are usually made of metal, which makes them vulnerable to leaks and corrosion over time. This happens faster if you store them in a humid area.

If your fire extinguisher has rust or a small leak, it will likely fail. Leaking fire extinguishers can also expose you and your loved ones to harmful chemicals.

Reduced Spray Range

reduced spray range

The ability to spray the extinguishing agent over a greater range helps you put out a fire from a safe distance. Unfortunately, an expired fire extinguisher often has reduced spray range, pushing you to get close to the flames. This increases the risk of smoke inhalation and burns


When you grab a fire extinguisher, it needs to work as expected. However, you can't be sure that an expired one will work, which can result in dangerous outcomes. 

Expired fire extinguishers put your and your loved ones' lives at risk. If you want an 

alternative that doesn't expire, think about getting the Emergency Fire Blanket.

You can also reuse the Emergency Fire Blanket if it's not damaged after use. Just wipe, fold, and put it back in its pouch. Stay prepared, hero!