Massive recall impacts fire extinguishers
If you own one, check it – 38 million devices have been recalled
If you have a fire extinguisher in your home (and we hope you do!), there’s a massive recall underway that should be on your radar.
Manufacturer Kidde is recalling almost 38 million fire extinguishers, which may not work during an emergency if they become clogged and require a lot of force to use, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to strike and injure someone, the USFA notes. In fact, the situation has been linked to at least one death, when emergency responders could not get the extinguishers to work, the USFA reports, and there have been almost 400 additional reports of problems linked to the fire extinguishers.
The recall is extensive, affecting nearly 38 million devices sold between 1973 and 2017.
The recall involves plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.
The plastic handle devices include 134 models that were manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973, and Aug. 15, 2017, and were sold in red, white and silver.
The push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers include eight models sold between Aug. 11, 1995, and Sept. 22, 2017. These no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle, primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft usage.
The devices were sold at Sears, Home Depot, Walmart and other stores, as well as online at outlets including Amazon and ShopKidde.com. They were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, boats and personal watercraft.
Fortunately, this recall is an easy one for consumers to remedy. Visit www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” to find out if your fire extinguisher is one of the recalled ones. You’ll need your device handy, to find the model number, serial number and date code (and the website will walk you through where to find this information). If your device qualifies, Kidde will ship you a replacement — free of charge. And if you have questions, call 855-271-0773 to speak to a Kidde representative.
Fire extinguishers can save lives, and are a critical tool in keeping families and homes safe. Check your fire extinguisher. The process is an easy one, and if your device is impacted, let Kidde know for a replacement.
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