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MORGANTOWN – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall of millions of Kidde brand fire extinguishers with plastic handles. The CPSC warns that the extinguishers can fail to work in a fire emergency because they may become clogged or require excessive force to operate. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
Consumers can check to see whether their extinguisher has been recalled by contacting Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 or by going to www.kidde.com and clicking on “Product Safety Recall”. If recalled, consumers can contact Kidde to receive a free replacement and instructions on returning the extinguisher.
Morgantown Fire Chief Mark Caravasos urges residents to check all their fire extinguishers to see if they were affected.
“There were over 40 million fire extinguishers recalled,” said Caravasos.
“They were widely dispersed and sold online and at stores like Walmart, Sears, and The Home Depot. So, the chances are good that your extinguisher was affected. I encourage residents to check their fire extinguishers and, if it’s included in the recall, contact Kidde.”
Additional information about the recall is available at the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov.
Kidde plastic handle fire extinguishers.
Kidde push-button Pindicator fire extinguisher.