We all know that fire safety is to be taken seriously, and there are plenty of videos on the web that can show you the correct way to use a fire extinguisher. There also happen to be a whole load of videos of people using them in funny, creative and downright dangerous ways.

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July 24, 2012


Here we look at some of the best, and worst, videos of people using extinguishers in ways not recommended by the manufacturer.

1. Flame thrower

Link: http://youtu.be/GC6MxLFgqQk

In this first video the fire extinguisher has crossed over to the dark side, after some resourceful lunatics converted one into a homemade flame thrower. There was a how-to video guide up for this, but it has been removed by the user. Probably a good thing, as this looks pretty dangerous.


2. Tagging

Link: http://youtu.be/q5T-OXjgZMU

In this video we've got the device being put to some creative endeavour. Some say graffiti is just vandalism, some say art. All we know is, when it's done using one of these, it's a whole lot bigger (gets good at 0:50).


3. Pranking

Link: http://youtu.be/gp0NHNK3hM4

For a great prank you've got to put a little effort and creativity in. John and Nikki have become practical joke legends on youtube, and this is just one of their fine efforts (kicks off at 1:40)


4. Flight?

Link: http://youtu.be/mnQdyVTURwU

This 'flight' on a Russian subway is almost definitely not real. But it would be pretty cool if it was.


5. An unfair fight

Link: http://youtu.be/ILA1ic-Q8_E

Ah, this is more like it, have you ever wondered who would come out on top in a battle between a flame thrower and a fire extinguisher? Well the mythbusters did, and tried it out. Could the humble extinguisher really stand a chance? Probably not.


6. A clock

Link: http://youtu.be/v7VvGLZXze0

If you fancy using a fire extinguisher to improve your timekeeping, maybe you'd like to try building one of these. A bit of a hassle to make, but it'll keep you from being late, and the alternatives are worse...


7. An airgun

Link: http://youtu.be/2bvXiswEDSo

If you sort of liked the idea of building a deadly weapon out of one, but the flame thrower from the first video really isn't your sort of thing, why not make an overpowered air gun, like this gentleman has.


8. Erm....we have no idea...

Link: http://youtu.be/KwHaIJ5eQmU

In the world of dumb and dangerous things to do with a big bag and a fire extinguisher this man has just become king. This is seriously dumb.


9. The magic roundabout

Link: http://youtu.be/GSUwtU2tqcs

Who doesn't like spinning round on the office chair? Here a fireman shows us how the professionals do it.


10. The target

Link: http://youtu.be/_Bks0h4q6RU

Not the most sophisticated of ideas, but this is a pretty respectable shot (Goes bang at 0:20).


11. Powering a skateboard

Link: http://youtu.be/Z3xyqfCZmSU

Sometimes skateboarding can be a real chore. Why not give your tired legs a break from propelling you forward, and let a CO2 fire extinguisher pick up the slack.


12. The victory boast

Link: http://youtu.be/-6xNopzHfZM

This is more like it; it's taken 12 videos but finally, an extinguisher being used for the purpose it was built; to really wind up your opponents in the 100m sprint. Between this 'shoes on fire' gag and the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) tattoo on his arm, we get the feeling that Maurice Green isn't the most humble of athletes.