There are different types of fire extinguishers for different types of fires, and each different type of fire extinguisher uses a different extinguishing agent to put out fire. Most are not harmful to the environment, but a few are. Halon fire extinguishers were banned from new production in 1994 due to their contribution to ozone depletion. If you have a Halon fire extinguisher, there are several replacement options that will not emit harmful greenhouse gases when used – water, foam, and dry chemical. However, make sure that the type of fire extinguisher you replace the Halon with is appropriate for the environment it will (hopefully not!) be used in.
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