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 Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com 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.