On November 2, 2017, Kidde recalled about 37.8 million fire extinguishers with plastic handles and push-buttons. Fire extinguishers under the Kidde Professional or Badger brands are not affected by the recall. The Kidde fire extinguisher recall also doesn’t affect fire extinguishers with metal handles or valve assemblies. Keep reading to learn if your portable fire extinguishers are part of the latest recall.
Why are Kidde fire extinguishers being recalled?
Currently, there have been 391 reports of Kidde fire extinguishers clogging or failing during emergencies. A car fire death from 2014 has already been associated with the recalled fire extinguishers. In that incident, recalled Kidde fire extinguishers malfunctioned when first responders tried to use them.
Reasons for fire extinguisher recall:
- Vulnerable to clogs
- May need excessive force to discharge
- Failure to discharge
- Nozzle can detach with enough force to cause personal injury or property damage
How do I know if I’m affected?
The fire extinguisher devices affected by the recall were sold throughout the United States by popular retailers like Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart, Sears, and Amazon.com. If you own a boat, commercial truck, or recreational vehicle (RV), you’ll also want to make sure that the fire extinguisher that came with it isn’t affected by the recall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has released a full list of the models that are affected by the recall that you can find here. The recall covers 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers dating back to January 1, 1973.
What do I do if my fire extinguishers are part of the recall?
Since the fire extinguishers cannot be counted on to work during an emergency, you will need to replace them. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is telling consumers to contact Kidde for more information on how to return the recalled unit and get your free replacement fire extinguisher.
While you won’t have to worry about providing proof of purchase, Kidde recommends you keep your current fire extinguisher until you get your new one in the mail. After you call Kidde to request a replacement unit, it can take between 10 and 15 business days for your new unit to be shipped to your house or commercial building.
The toll-free number for Kidde is (855) 271-0773. Their weekday hours are from 8:30am to 5pm Eastern Time. On the weekend, you’ll be able to call between 9am and 3pm Eastern Time.
How will the replacement fire extinguishers be different?
The replacement fire extinguisher will have a metal handle. According to experts, the new design will stop Kidde fire extinguishers from malfunctioning in the event of an emergency.
For the latest information on fire extinguisher safety, you can count on the fire protection contractors at Fire Pros, Inc. To learn more about the latest fire extinguisher recall from Kidde, feel free to call either of our offices in Grand Rapids or Indianapolis. We also offer fire extinguisher inspections and a range of other fire protection services for peace of mind.