Safety Alert: Responding to a Fire Extinguisher Mass Recall
The CPSC released the following statement:The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. Additionally, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
How the Recall Works — And Best Practices for Facilities Moving ForwardKidde, the product manufacturer is offering to replace the faulty fire extinguishers with their new, metal handle extinguishers free of charge. This is easy enough to do if you only have a few extinguishers.
- Plastic handle fire extinguisher—Product Identification Guide
- Push-button fire extinguisher—Product Identification Guide
Is There Any Solution for the Same?
If you’re a facility manager or a building owner, there is technology available to make this process much easier. We recently launched an Emergency and Life Safety facility dashboard that can make extinguisher model and serial numbers searchable. Rather than you needing to manually check each extinguisher, this technology enables instant visibility of extinguisher location and any product information, such as serial or model number.
2. Request a new Kidde fire extinguisher.
Simply fill in your contact details on Kidde’s website and they’ll take care of the rest. There are two forms—one for each type of product. The plastic handle product recall form and the push-button product recall form are available on Kidde’s website.
3. Ensure that every extinguisher in your facility is replaced.
Because of the hazards involved and to be prepared with an emergency response before time, you’ll want to double and triple check that no faulty extinguishers are left in your building(s). Again, facilities software makes this task easy. Without the benefit of technology, though, you’ll need to have someone go through your buildings to ensure all the products in question have been replaced.
If you run multiple buildings in spread out locations, this could be a full-time job for weeks to come.
10, 20 or 200 fire extinguishers and model numbers?