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How to properly dispose of a fire extinguisher
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Fire extinguishers can be thrown away in the regular trash if they are discharged and there is no pressure in the fire extinguisher cylinder. The trash collector may not take the fire extinguisher if they see it on the curb because they may not recognize it has no pressure in the cylinder. The following steps can be done to properly dispose of a fire extinguisher:

  • Make sure the fire extinguisher has no pressure in the cylinder by checking the pressure gauge on the cylinder looking to see that it is all the way to the left which will indicate it is empty and or to recharge. 
  • ‍If the gauge arrow is pointing to the green indicator in the middle of the gauge, it is indicating that there is pressure in the fire extinguisher.  
  • The pressure can be let out of the fire extinguisher by pulling the safety pin and squeezing the handle of the fire extinguisher to expel any extinguishing agent and pressure from within the fire extinguisher.  This should be done even if the gauge indicates the fire extinguisher is empty to assure there is no pressure within the fire extinguisher. Discharging a fire extinguisher to be disposed of should be done outside in a well ventilated area. Make sure the wind is at your back and there is nothing down wind that will be affected by the extinguishing agent powder as it will coat whatever it comes in contact with a fine powder that is corrosive.
  • The nozzle of the fire extinguisher should be placed within the opening of a large plastic trash bag that is installed in an empty trash can. Squeeze the handle on the fire extinguisher to depress the plunder in the handle of the fire extinguisher to expel the extinguishing agent and pressure from within the fire extinguisher. You should do this several times, in short bursts, to let the pressure out of the fire extinguisher and to minimize the cloud of fire extinguishing agent that will occur when discharging the fire extinguisher.
  • ‍Once the fire extinguisher is empty, the extinguisher should be placed inside the bag that the extinguishing agent was emptied into and the bag should be sealed and placed into the trash for collection.
  • ‍This procedure may make a big mess if the pressure has not leaked out of the fire extinguisher prior to squeezing the handle to depress the plunger in the fire extinguisher to expel the extinguishing agent.
  • Another method to expel the pressure form the fire extinguisher to be disposed of is to not fully squeeze the handle to depress the fire extinguisher pressure plunger which will only expel a small amount of extinguishing agent instead of a full blast which will make less of a mess and will coat the O-Ring so it will allow the pressure to leak out of the fire extinguisher over a few days. Squeezing the handle of the fire extinguisher should be done in the same manner previously described above. By leaving the fire extinguisher for a day or two, the powder that was expelled will have coated the rubber O-Ring that was keeping the pressure inside the fire extinguisher cylinder and allow the pressure to leak out gradually over the few days since it was actuated. Once the pressure gauge is indicating the fire extinguisher is empty or to recharge, assure there is no pressure left in the fire extinguisher by following the instructions above to discharge the remaining extinguishing agent and pressure that may be inside the extinguisher. Dispose of by placing the fire extinguisher in the trash bag with the extinguishing agent and place in the regular trash collection.

If there is any question of how to dispose of a fire extinguisher, either pressurized or not, contact the Department of Emergency and Safety Services at 609-454-4756 and arrangements can be made for Inspector Ron DiLapo to assist in disposing of the fire extinguisher which may be collected to be disposed of at the county fire academy. You can also email Ron with any questions.

Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District

Web: http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/hcd/program.html

 

Mercer County Affordable Housing Veterans Residence provides rental units for low-income veterans. The rental property is located at 2280 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08619. For more information, visit:

For eligibility and requirements, download the PDF handbook at:

http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/pdfs/housing_veterans_residence_manual.pdf

To view the application, download a PDF copy at: http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/pdfs/housing_veterans_residence_application.pdf

For more information, contact the Mercer County Affordable Housing Program at:

640 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08611

Phone: (609) 989-6858, Fax (609) 989-0306

Web: http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/hcd/program.html

 

3.4.2      Municipality-Specific Housing Programs

In Alphabetical Order by Municipality

Ewing: The Township of Ewing coordinates its affordable housing program in collaboration with

Piazza & Associates. They provide both home sales and rental units for low and moderate-income households.

Princeton Forrestal Village

216 Rockingham Row, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 786-1100, Fax: (609) 786-1105

Email: Ewing@HousingQuest.com

Web: www.piazza-and-associates.com/afhousing.php?pa=jefferson

 

Hamilton: Hamilton Townshipcoordinates its affordable housing program in collaboration with Piazza & Associates. They provide both home sales and rental units for low and moderate-income households.

Princeton Forrestal Village

216 Rockingham Row, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 786-1100, Fax: (609) 786-1105

Email: Hamilton@HousingQuest.com

Web: www.piazza-and-associates.com/afhousing.php?pa=hamiltonwelcome

 

Hamilton: Hamilton Township Housing and Urban Development Office provides information regarding Community Development Block Grant Program (i.e. housing rehabilitation), rental assistance (Housing Choice Voucher Program), and affordable housing.

2090 Greenwood Avenue, P.O. Box 00150 Hamilton, NJ 08650

Phone: (609) 890-3675, Fax: (609) 890-3525

Email: JBlakely@hamiltonnj.com

Web: www.hamiltonnj.com/HUD

 

Hopewell Township: TheTownship of Hopewell affordable housing program provides both for sale homes and rental units. Hopewell’s Affordable Sales are managed by Princeton Community Housing Development Corporation.

One Monument Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 924-3822, ext. 5

Email: necall@princetoncommunityhousing.org

Web: https://www.princetoncommunityhousing.org/communities/hopewell-township-affordable-sales-program

 

Hopewell Borough: Hopewell Borough provides affordable housing in accordance with COAH. Contact the affordable housing liaison for more information.

88 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525

Phone: (609) 466-2636, Fax: (609) 466-8511

Email: Michele.hovan@hopewellboro-nj.us

Web: www.hopewellboro-nj.us/departments/administration/affordable-housing/          

 

Hightstown Housing Authority serves low income residents of the Borough of Hightstown and the surrounding areas.

131 Rogers Avenue, Hightstown, NJ 08520

Phone: (609) 448-2268, Fax: (609) 426-9440

Email: kleprevost@Hightstownhousing.org

Web: www.hightstownhousing.org/default.aspx

 

Lawrence Township: Lawrence Township provides affordable housing for both purchasers and renters.

2207 Lawrence Road, P.O. Box 6006, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Phone: (609) 844-7087, Fax: (609) 896-0412

Email: Alink@lawrencetwp.com

Web: www.lawrencetwp.com/affhousing.html

 

Pennington Borough has limited affordable housing properties, which are advertised through the New Jersey Housing Resource Center at www.nj.gov/njhrc/find.

For more information, contact the Affordable Housing Liaison:

30 North Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534-0095

Phone: (609) 737-0276

Email: eheinzel@penningtonboro.org (Eileen Heinzel, current affordable housing liaison)

Web: www.nj.gov/njhrc/find or www.penningtonboro.org

           

Princeton Housing Authority (PHA) is a government corporation that provides housing for low income families in Princeton while promoting self-sufficiency. PHA owns and manages 236 apartments for families, seniors, and disabled residents in addition to five developments in Princeton. Units may have income requirements.

1 Redding Circle, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 924-3448

Web: www.princetonhousing.org/

 

Robbinsville Township: Robbinsville Township provides affordable housing for both sale and rent. For more information, contact the Municipal Housing Liaison/Administrative Agent, Gail Pfister.

2298 Route 33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Phone: (609) 259-3600 ext. 110

Email: gailp@robbinsville.net

Web: www.robbinsville-twp.org/departments/affordable_housing/index.php

 

Trenton Housing Authority (THA) provides affordable housing for Trenton residents. For a listing of affordable rental properties in the City of Trenton, visit www.trentonnj.org/ documents/rental_housing_list.doc (Word document). For Trenton Housing Authority eligibility requirements, visit www.tha-nj.org/apply-for-public-housing.

875 New Willow Street, Trenton, NJ 08638

Phone: (609) 278-5000

Web: www.tha-nj.org/apply-for-public-housing

 

West Windsor: TheTownship of West Windsor affordable housing programs are coordinated in collaboration with Piazza & Associates. Sales and rentals are available for low and moderate income households.

Princeton Forrestal Village

216 Rockingham Row, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 786-1100, Fax: (609) 786-1105

Email: Info@HousingQuest.com

Web: www.piazza-and-associates.com/afhousing.php?pa=wwtwp

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