Advice regarding fire extinguishers

08 January 2018

You may have read about current issues regarding firefighting foams manufactured using the substances PFOS or PFOA.

Wall-mounted and hand-held fire extinguishers, such as the types commonly found in the home, are unaffected, as they are not manufactured using these substances.

Fire extinguishers should be well-maintained and periodically checked, and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The Ministry for the Environment has more information about PFOS and PFOA, and how they are regulated in New Zealand.