Kidde, a manufacturer of fire extinguishers, is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall some portable fire extinguishers due to potential safety issues. The recall involves plastic handle and plastic push button extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017.
The recall was issued because the extinguisher can become clogged or become difficult to discharge and fail to activate during a fire emergency. Also, because the canister is pressurized, the nozzle can detach with enough force to cause injury or death. Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles or plastic push buttons are generally not found on campus, but are common in households, vehicles and watercraft.
EH&S is working with Facility Services to verify none of the recalled fire extinguishers are installed on campus, but we also recommend you check those you have at home or in your vehicles. Kidde is offering free replacement and disposal advice for extinguishers subject to this recall. For more information, see the EH&S flyer about the recall notice.
If you have a fire extinguisher and want to find out if it has been recalled, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website or call Kidde toll free at 855.271.0773.