Presto Fire Extinguisher

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Presto Fire Extinguisher


“Presto...the danger’s gone!” This travel-sized fire extinguisher, made by the Presto company in Montreal, was “the miracle fire-fighter that puts out all fires in a jiffy!” While its intention was to ensure safety in dangerous situations, it caused more harm than good. The chemicals inside were deemed dangerous to inhale and were banned from use in 1997. Regardless, red continues to be the primary colour used on fire extinguishers for its association with urgency.


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“Presto Fire Extinguisher,” Fleming College Museum Management & Curatorship Program, accessed June 13, 2024,