Is your unit’s fire extinguisher part of the Kidde recall?

Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers manufactured by Kidde and sold between 1973 and 2017 are part of a nationwide recall.

Scout leaders should check their unit meeting sites, troop trailers, trunks and garages today to see whether their fire extinguishers are included.

There have been nearly 400 reports of affected models failing to activate in a fire emergency, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC cites one death and 16 injuries.

The affected models of Kidde (pronounced “kidda”) include plastic-handle fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers.

They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department and hardware stores nationwide. They were also sold online at, and more.

How to check if your fire extinguisher is recalled

Plastic-handle Kidde fire extinguishers

Use this chart (PDF) to see if your plastic-handle Kidde fire extinguisher is recalled. You’ll need the actual extinguisher in front of you to see its exact serial number and model number.

Push-button Kidde fire extinguishers

Use this chart (PDF) to see if your push-button Kidde fire extinguisher is recalled. Once again, you’ll need the serial number and model number.

If you’d rather talk with someone in person, call 855-271-0773 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the weekend to determine whether your extinguishers are affected.

How to get a replacement if you’re part of the recall

Kidde will ship a replacement within approximately 10 to 15 business days from your call or online form submission. Keep your affected unit until the replacement arrives because they’ll want it back.


Click here to complete a request online.


Call 855-271-0773 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the weekend.

How to get more questions answered

Kidde created this list of FAQs.


  1. Note there are a few other items that are on there as well (other brands that they produce which may not have the Kidde name on them) so you may want to double check any that you have to see.

  2. All Sea Scout Ships need to be made aware of this recall. Please pass the word on! Usable fire extinguishers are required to be virtually all vessels we use in our program.

  3. PLEASE, Please, I understand that Kidde is cheaper, and there is a reason. They are PLASTIC and not really serviceable. GET RID OF THEM!!

    It is much more responsible to purchase, slightly or much more expensive fire extinguishers, that are METAL in construction (valves and pins especially). As we see from the recall, the plastic stuff can break; the extinguisher may not function, ESPECIALLY over time if the plastic stuff gets brittle. I cannot imagine plastic extinguishers in vehicles(of any kind). An extra $10-$50 expended could mean the saving of your vehicle or house. Think about it.

    How often are the extinguishers used, inspected?? You look at the gauges, pressure up, GUESS it’s good. Right. You never know until TS(tuff)HTF.

    For most Kidde extinguishers (Plastic Pins) No service – Throw it away – Buy New (Not a very GREEN Scouting ETHIC I think).

    Glenn (above) mentions these devices on ships. The most scary scene that I can imagine. Fuel fire on boats are not forgiving.

    I personally have some extinguishers that are more than 20 years old; metal, made in USA, inspected, certified, and recharged. Is there someone in your District/Council that is associated with a Fire Fighting Device company that can inspect/ certify/ recharge your extinguishers? Perhaps they would do your devices as well as inspect your units families for a nominal amount??

    Consider using your Kidde plastic extinguishers for training. Talk to your fire department or Fire Extinguisher company. I’m sure that they would be happy to facilitate training using a “fire pan”. I did it many years ago with my company. Talk about an education of what not to do.

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