On November 2, 2017, Kidde issued a recall of their plastic handled fire extinguishers. This impacts about 37.8 million fire extinguishers. It’s a great reminder of why you should pay attention to product recalls. No one wants their fire extinguisher to fail them.
Take a moment right now to find your fire extinguishers. If you don’t have any, consider it a reminder that a fire extinguisher is a good addition to any home.
Check the Kidde fire extinguisher recall page on their site. The fire extinguishers may have been purchased in the United States, Canada or Mexico. Customers in Mexico have to call in; customers in the US or Canada can fill out an online form.
I did this for our four Kidde fire extinguishers. You fill in a form with your contact information, including mailing address. They have you look up the model number, and then fill in the serial number. When we did this, they confirmed that our extinguishers were recalled, and said we will get new ones within 15-20 days, along with instructions on what to do with the old ones.
The problem with these fire extinguishers is that they can become clogged and not spray. There’s also a potential for the nozzle to come off, which could cause an injury.
Talk About Your Emergency Plans
We used this opportunity to talk to our kids a little about how to use a fire extinguisher. Hopefully, they never need to use one, but if they do, it helps if they have a vague idea what to do. We didn’t have them try one out, however.
Another good thing to discuss at times like these is what to do in the event of a fire. Kids, for example, should be more focused on getting out of the house than on trying to put most fires out. They need to know how to get out of the house and where to meet. They may need to know neighbors well enough to feel comfortable knocking on doors to alert them or ask for help.
A recall like this is a great reminder to keep an eye on product recalls in general. You can follow RSS feeds from the CPSC to make this easier if you like, or just check the website here and there. Local news will usually cover the big recalls such as this one, but not the little ones. If you haven’t checked yet, make sure you know if the Kidde fire extinguisher recall impacts you.