ABC News reports that Kidde has recalled 38 million portable fire extinguishers due to faulty plastic nozzles and push buttons, prompting one of the biggest safety recalls ever by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
According to the CPSC alert today, there are about 37.8 million of the faulty fire extinguishers in circulation in the U.S. and another 2.7 million units in Canada. The fire extinguishers are typically used for kitchen, car and boating safety. The recall involves 134 Kidde models, manufactured between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017, that have been identified as problematic.
Although portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property, and contain a small fire until firefighters arrive; fully-functioning extinguishers have limitations. Fire grows and spreads rapidly; the #1 priority is to get out safely. Visit NFPA for fire response best practices which include having a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.
To learn more about today’s recall, steps for fire extinguisher replacement and instructions for the recalled equipment, visit the Kidde website.