Kidde announced the recall of over 37.8 million plastic head fire extinguishers this week. Which models were recalled, and what can you do to make sure your fire extinguisher is reliable? Here’s some information:
Models Included in Recall
This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button indicator fire extinguishers. The plastic handle extinguishers recalled include 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.
Is Your Extinguisher Safe?
If you are unsure about the reliability of your extinguisher, or have an extinguisher that has been recalled, visit your local Pye-Barker office. Our fire safety specialists will assess your fire extinguisher, let you know if it will work in the event of an emergency, and recommend the best model for replacement should your extinguisher prove to be ineffective. You can also call us any time with fire and life safety questions, we are proud to serve and protect our community.