According to the most recent NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) data, in 2010 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,331,500 fires. These fires resulted in 3,120 civilian fire fatalities, 17,720 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $15,478,000,000 in direct property loss. In residential fires, fire extinguishers successfully put out 80% of fires. To highlight the effectiveness of extinguishers in the early stage fire fighting, a 2002 UK study performed by FETA (Fire Extinguishing Trades Association) and IFEDA (Independent Fire Engineering and Distributors Association)5 reviewed over 2100 fire incidents and found that in 80% of the cases a portable fire extinguisher successfully extinguished the fire and in 75% of those cases, the fire department was not required to attend.

Most home owners know the importance of having smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in their homes. However, approximately 25% of homes do not have a fire extinguisher available for emergencies.

Last week Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company Inc. issued a recall for approximately 40 million fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and this year under multiple brand names.  According to the recall notice “The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.”  The recalled models were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notice can be viewed by clicking on this link https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and

Below is a list of the 134 models involved in the recall. The models under recall have plastic handles or are push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.  If you currently have equipment involved in the recall, you may contact Kidde to request a free replacement and for instructions on returning the recalled one. You can reach Kidde at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Or go to kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall.”

Check the fire extinguisher that you have in your home to make sure that the model you have isn’t one that is in recall.  If you have one of the recalled models, this may also allow you to return them to Kidde for a replacement.

Plastic-handle models produced between January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015
2A40BC Gillette TPS-1 1A10BC Sams SM 340
6 RAP Home 10BC Sanford 1A10BC
6 TAP Home 1A10BC Sanford 2A40BC
Ademco 720 1A10BC Home 2A40BC Sanford TPS-1 1A10BC
Ademco 722 2A40BC Home H-10 10BC Sanford TPS-1 2A40BC
ADT 3A40BC Home H-110 1A10BC Sears 2RPS   5BC
All Purpose 2A40BC Home H-240 2A-40BC Sears 58033 10BC
Bicentenial RPS-2  10BC Honeywell 1A10BC Sears 58043 1A10BC
Bicentenial TPS-2  1A-10BC Honeywell TPS-1 1A10BC Sears 5805  2A40BC
Costco 340 J.L. 2A40BC Sears 958034
FA 340HD J.L. TPS-1 2A40BC Sears 958044
FA240HD Kadet 2RPS-1   5BC Sears 958054
FC 340Z Kidde 10BC Sears 958075
FC Super Kidde 1A10BC Sears RPS-1 10BC
FC210R-C8S Kidde 2A40BC Sears TPS-1  1A10BC
Fire Away 10BC Spanish Kidde 40BC Sears TPS-1 2A40BC
Fire Away 1A10BC Spanish Kidde RPS-1 10BC Traveler 10BC
Fire Away 2A40BC Spanish Kidde RPS-1 40BC Traveler 1A10BC
Fireaway 10 (F-10) Kidde TPS-1 1A10BC Traveler 2A40BC
Fireaway 10BC Kidde TPS-1 2A40BC Traveler T-10 10BC
Fireaway 110 (F-110) KX 2-1/2 TCZ Traveler T-110 1A10BC
Fireaway 1A10BC Mariner 10BC Traveler T-240 2A40BC
Fireaway 240 (F-240) Mariner 1A10BC Volunteer 1A10BC
Fireaway 2A40BC Mariner 2A40BC Volunteer TPS-V 1A10BC
Force 9 2A40BC Mariner M-10  10BC XL 2.5 TCZ
FS 340Z Mariner M-110 1A10BC XL 2.5 TCZ-3
Fuller 420  1A10BC Mariner M-240 2A40BC XL 2.5 TCZ-4
Fuller Brush 420 1A10BC Master Protection 2A40BC XL 2.75 RZ
FX210 Montgomery Ward 10BC XL 2.75 RZ-3
FX210R Montgomery Ward 1A-10BC XL 2-3/4 RZ
FX210W Montgomery Ward 8627 1A10BC XL 340HD
FX340GW Montgomery Ward 8637  10BC XL 4 TXZ
FX340GW-2 Quell 10BC XL 5 PK
FX340H Quell 1A10BC XL 5 TCZ
FX340SC Quell RPS-1 10BC XL 5 TCZ-1
FX340SC-2 Quell TPS-1 1A10BC XL5 MR
Gillette 1A10BC Quell ZRPS  5BC XL 6 RZ

 

Plastic-handle models with date codes between January 2, 2012 and August 15, 2017
AUTO FX5 II-1 FC5 M10G
FA10G FS10 M10GM
FA10T FS110 M110G
FA110G FS5 M110GM
FA5-1 FX10K M5G
FA5G FX5 II M5GM
FC10 H110G RESSP
FC110 H5G

 Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers: The recall involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017. The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.

Push Button Pindicator Models manufactured between  August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017
KK2 M5PM
100D AUTO 5FX
210D AUTO 5FX-1
M5P FF 210D-1

Make sure that your home is stocked with an operational, accessible extinguisher and that you frequently check the smoke alarms in your home.

All The Best,

The Choice Insurance Agency Team

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