Fire extinguishers recalled

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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 to pose an impact hazard.

Manufacturer Kidde this week announced a recall of almost 38 million fire extinguishers sold in the United States and made with plastic handles. They may not work during a fire emergency if they become clogged and require a lot of force to use. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to strike and hurt someone, according to an announcement from the U.S. Fire Administration. Kidde recommends owners immediately replace these fire extinguishers.

The company is aware of one death when emergency responders couldn’t get the recalled extinguishers to work. There have been almost 400 reports of problems related to these Kidde fire extinguishers.

Check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website (cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/) for information on specific model numbers involved with this recall. Kidde will replace recalled extinguishers for free. To contact the company: 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or online at kidde.com, click “Product Safety Recall.”

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