CFES draws attention to fire extinguisher recall

Henrietta Brewer
November 9, 2017

More than 40 million fire extinguishers in the USA and Canada are being recalled because they might not work in an emergency.

In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery auto wreck.

The 1.2 million plastic-handle extinguishers were sold between January 1, 1973, and Aug 15, 2017, while the push-button type were sold from August 11, 1995, to September 22, 2017. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard.

Fire safety product manufacturer Kidde has issued an expansive safety recall of 37.8 million plastic handle or plastic push-button fire extinguishers that could clog or malfunction when used. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem. If you have one of the recalled extinguishers, a free replacement push-button extinguisher is being sent out.

"Pick it up, make sure there's some weight to it, and look at the gauge to make sure that the needle is in the green", he said. Extinguishers are red, white or silver and sold in the USA and Canada through a wide range of retailers.

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