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Authorities suggest checking home extinguishers after massive recall

Terre Haute fire officials are urging the public to check their fire extinguishers after nearly forty million Kidde extinguishers were recalled.

Posted: Nov 3, 2017 6:44 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind, (WTHI) - Terre Haute fire officials are urging the public to check their fire extinguishers after nearly forty million Kidde extinguishers were recalled.

The recall includes extinguishers made back in the 1970's. THFD reports the extinguishers are not the one required in businesses rather they are ones used in the home.

Kidde is recalling 37.8 million extinguishers because they may not work in an emergency. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, models with plastic handles and a push button can clog. Nozzles can also pop off.

The problem has resulted in several injuries and at least one death.

Terre Haute Assistant Fire Chief Norm Loudermilk says you should check to see if your extinguisher is included in the recall. If it is not included, he suggests taking steps to ensure it still works.

"You can look at your extinguisher and make sure the gage is in the green. You can look at the handle, make sure the pin is intact. You can make sure that the lever hasn't been squeezed and there is no extinguishing agent leaking out."

He adds, you can also check for objects obstructing the nozzle.

Kidde will replace any extinguisher on the recall list for free and give you a new extinguisher with metal parts.

To see if your fire extinguisher is on the list visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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