Fire extinguisher manufacturer, Kidde, has issued a recall of all fire extinguishers with plastic handles. According to the U.S Consumer Products Safety Commission, the hazard is that “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.” The recall also applies to eight models of Kidde push-button fire extinguishers.
This is a serious hazard and one death resulting from this defect has been reported. Kidde describes their company as “the world’s largest manufacturer of fire safety products.” They manufacture fire extinguishers for other companies and many of the recalled fire extinguishers will not have Kidde label. You can read the Consumer Product Safety Commission announcement and a complete list of affected models here:
You can download guides describing the affected models here:
Thanks to AMSEA instructor, Richard Ullrich, of MarineSafetyTeam.com for letting us know about the recall. Now, check your fire extinguishers and make sure they are not on the recall list. An unreliable piece of lifesaving equipment has no place on your boat, in your car, or in your home!