Press release: Kidde recalls 40 million fire extinguishers, including hundreds in Summit County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3 November 2017

Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer

Office: (970) 262-5209

 

Kidde recalls 40 million fire extinguishers, including hundreds in Summit County

The Kidde fire-extinguisher company, producers of some of the most prevalent fire extinguishers dispersed in buildings and homes, has issued a recall of 40 million plastic-handled fire extinguishers – 134 different models – manufactured between 1973 and August of this year.

Summit Fire and EMS, comprised of Copper Mountain Fire and Lake Dillon Fire, is advising property owners to check their extinguishers and contact Kidde for free replacements if they are subject to recall. It is estimated that hundreds of the recalled extinguishers have been placed around Summit County.

“While these extinguishers generally have proven to be reliable, Kidde has been made aware of instances in which they have failed to work and issued the recall under the guidance of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission,” said Lake Dillon Fire Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal Steve Skulski. “We urge property owners not to take any risk and get any recalled extinguishers replaced.”

Full recall information – including the models subject to recall – is available at www.kidde.com. Additionally, a fact sheet is attached to this press release.

Fire-safety inspectors for Summit County fire departments will be on the lookout for recalled extinguishers as part of their routine inspections of businesses, but property owners should take the initiative to check the extinguishers themselves to see if the model is on the recall list. The model number often is located on the bottom left corner of the label, and it should not be confused with the type-written serial number.

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To determine if a fire extinguisher is subject to recall, check the model number (circled in this photo). The model number of the Kidde fire extinguisher may be on the lower left corner of the label and should not be confused with the type-written serial number. Credit: Lake Dillon Fire

 

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