Fire officials say check extinguishers following massive recall
GREENVILLE, Pitt County - DETROIT (AP) - More than 40 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled because they might not work in an emergency.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says on its website that it's aware of one death because of a problem with extinguishers made by Kidde. In 2014, extinguishers didn't work for emergency responders who were trying to fight a car fire after a crash.
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The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year.
The government says the extinguishers can become clogged. Also, the nozzle can come off.
"They should go to the Kidde website, check their fire extinguisher with the list of recalled fire extinguishers and then contact Kidde directly through their website or 800-number, and they'll provide information on how to take care of their fire extinguisher," said Lt. Alfred Everington of Greenville Fire/Rescue.
"They should do a monthly check, and some of the things to look for would be, if there is a pressure gauge on the fire extinguisher, check and make sure it's in the green."
Everington and many others with Greenville Fire/Rescue have been busy inspecting fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, too. With the time change, people are encouraged to check and even change the batteries in their smoke detectors.
Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models.
Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com.