Any facility manager, building engineer or property owner should check the fire extinguishers in their homes and workplaces. A recent product recall was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding nearly 40 million units of plastic handle fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers sold by Kidde. Affected devices include over 100 different models and were manufactured at any point over a span of more than forty years (1973 to 2017).
According to the commission, the main hazard risk is described as follows:
"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 and pose an impact hazard."
To find out if your equipment is included in the recall, Kidde has put together a Recall Identification Guide. The Consumer Product Safety Commission advises all those with affected fire extinguishers to replace them immediately. Fire extinguisher checks are common practice as part of annual sprinkler maintenance and life safety reviews.
- Official Product: Kidde Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles
- Recall Number: 18-022
- Consumer Contact Phone Line: 855-271-0773
- Video Recall Identification Guide
- Annual Building Maintenance Checklist