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Fire Extinguishers Recalled Due to Failure to Discharge; One Death Reported




Two types of Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles have been recalled, and should be replaced immediately. The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

One death, 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage have been caused as a result, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall 18-022.

The two types of extinguishers involved are plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers. The recall involves 134 models of Kidde plastic handle fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The recall also involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017. The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle.

A list of affected models can be found at the Kidde website. This recall does not include Kidde Professional or Badger branded fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included in the recall.

This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde branded fire extinguishers included in these previously announced recalls should also be replaced. Facility managers affected by this recall are directed to contact Kidde for a free replacement.



This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor of Building Operating Management magazine, naomi.millan@tradepress.com. Go here for other recent recall notices.

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