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Fire Extinguishers Dating Back To The 70s Recalled

Fire Extinguishers Dating Back To The 70s Recalled

But after a recall of almost 38 million Kidde brand extinguishers, millions of homes aren't properly protected.

On November 2, Kidde announced a recall on their fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment.

Another known malfunction is the nozzle of certain extinguishers could break or detach, causing it to be thrown with enough force to create an impact.

The recall covers fire extinguishers with plastic handles and push-button pindicators. The recall applies to 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017, including models that had been previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

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Full details are on Health Canada's website. They were sold at every kind of store, from 20th century brick-and-mortar stalwarts such as Montgomery Ward and Sears to big boxes such as Walmart and The Home Depot to online retailers such as Amazon.com and ShopKidde.com.

Participants of the Healthy Neighborhoods Program may have received one of these recalled fire extinguishers. Matthew McFarland, a firefighter with Unified Fire Authority, joined Brian Carlson Friday to show consumers how to use an extinguisher and how to tell when something. These included 91 reports of property damage, 16 reports of injuries (such as smoke inhalation and minor burns) and one death.

Certain models of extinguishers also come equipped inside commercial trucks, RVs, and personal watercraft like a boat of jet ski.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.