Kidde fire extinguisher recall goes nationwide

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BURTON (WJRT) (11/02/2017) - Federal product safety investigators say nearly 38 million Kidde fire extinguishers could clog and fail to work.

Every home and business needs a fire extinguisher but what if you can't be sure it will work when you need it? Mainly, the recall is about Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles or push buttons.

Kidde's toll free number is (855) 271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

"The issue is the valve in the top is clogging and they don't discharge. Or with enough force they will discharge and blow the hose of the nozzle off," said Burton Assistant Fire Chief Kirk Wilkinson.

And just like smoke detectors, firefighters say every house should have an extinguisher.

"Since Monday, the city of Burton Fire Department has responded to two kitchen fires where the residents have put out the fire with a home fire extinguisher prior to the fire department arriving," said Wilkinson.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received reports of one death and 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns and 91 cases of property damage associated with the defect.

"They tend to be cheaper but you get what you pay for. I always tell people, make sure when you go out and buy one, buy one with a metal head. Those are rechargeable," said Andy Gehrig of Kraus Fire Equipment in Burton.

Kidde has said it will replace the recalled extinguishers as soon as possible. But if you can afford it, you might want to buy a second extinguisher.

"Having two fire extinguishers in the house, or one in the house and garage, is not a bad thing. You can never have too much protection," said Wilkinson.

More information on the recall is available at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Look for a link on the right side of this web page.

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