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Fire marshal reminds Valley residents to check for recalled fire extinguishers

08 November 2017, 06:46 | Melissa Porter

Fire marshal reminds Valley residents to check for recalled fire extinguishers

Fire marshal reminds Valley residents to check for recalled fire extinguishers

The recent recall of almost forty million Kidde fire extinguishers means many households may find themselves without suitable fire extinguishers.

Health Canada says the fire extinguisher can become clogged or require excessive force to operate and may fail during a fire. "In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard", Consumer Product Safety Commission said in announcing the recall Thursday.

The recall affects 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017. Eastern on Saturday and Sunday.

The expanded recall involves fire extinguishers not included in previous recalls in March 2009 and February 2015.

The company has said they are aware of one death associated with a malfunctioning fire extinguisher, and said there are more than 400 other problems reported with Kidde extinguishers. So if you're in the market for a new fire extinguisher, Consumer Reports says you should take this chance to familiarize yourself with it, and how to use it.

Kidde will replace all of the recalled fire extinguishers for free, no proof of purchase is required.

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