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Fire Extinguisher Exchange 2023

Mandatory Exchange Event: All households must bring their fire extinguisher to the CTC garages on Feb. 22 or Feb. 28 between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm to receive a new one. Nonparticipants will incur a $30 fee, with maintenance replacing the extinguisher for you.

Annual Fire Extinguisher Exchange


CTC has the responsibility to keep all of our residents safe, which includes keeping fire extinguishers up to date and fully functioning. CTC does not operate with much disposable funding, thus to keep rent dues as low as possible and redirect as many resources back into the community, we need your help to exchange the fire extinguishers in our community.

We hire an outside company to make the switch, in which each exchange day costs us a significant amount of money for the service. Therefore, to use our resources most efficiently, we need one resident of each household to bring their Fire Extinguisher to trade for a new one on either of the designated days. Meet us at the Community Center garages between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm to receive a new fire extinguisher.

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Important Schedule Update (2/21/2023)

Due to the upcoming snowstorm, one of the two days - Thursday (2/23) - Fire Extinguisher Exchange is postponed until next week, for Tuesday, February 28, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Additionally, the February 22 date will end early, now at 1:00 pm.

Exchange Process:

Fire Extinguisher Exchange Process

Enter the service door near garage on the northside of the Community Center building. 

  1. Drop Off: Place old fire extinguisher on table
  2. Check in: Tell staff origin of old extinguisher (e.g. your CTC home address)
  3. Pick up: Take new extinguisher for replacement

Then exit by following signs posted. The exit door is different than the door you initially entered through.

Social Distance at Exchange Site

In support of public health and minimizing the spread of emerging infectious diseases, the flow of traffic in the Community Center garages will ensure social distancing for residents and staff.  Additionally, the change will limit contact of touching pens at sign-in, completed by the staff member working. Residents will still plan to enter through the service door near the garage doors, same as previous years.

Face masks optional.

What if I Can't Make the Exchange?

Ask a friend, neighbor, or Ward Rep if they can make the switch for you if no one in your household is able to. The fire extinguisher just needs to be exchanged; it doesn’t matter by who! Ensure you plan ahead if you ask someone else, as you may need to either leave a key to your apartment or give your fire extinguisher to the person completing the exchange for you. If it isn't possible for a neighbor or friend to bring your fire extinguisher over, our maintenance staff can take care of it for a small fee of $30.

Where is My Fire Extinguisher?

Assist your Ward Rep

Our Ward Representatives must exchange the extinguisher in every laundry room throughout the co-op. It can be a lot to carry an extra 2-6 extinguishers each year, in which maybe you could offer to exchange one in your area to lighten their load! Contact your Ward Rep to see how you can help/which extinguishers still need replacing.

Where Do I Exchange My Fire Extinguisher?

Come to the garages of the Community Center behind the CTC Office (on Fifield Ave facing north/Commonwealth Ave) between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm to receive a new fire extinguisher. View map.

Complete Fire Extinguisher Exchange at CTC Garages
Exchange at the Community Center garages on Fifield Ave, which faces north to Knapp and Commonwealth Ave.

Thank you for your cooperation and please contact the office if you have any questions!

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