RECALL: Health Canada recalls fire extinguishers due to failure to activate

Health Canada has recalled Kidde- and Garrison-branded fire extinguishers due to failure to activate during a fire emergency

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Health Canada has recalled 2.7 million fire extinguishers sold across Canada dating back to 1973 due to a failure to activate during a fire emergency. The extinguishers affected are two styles of Kidde-branded and Garrison-branded fire extinguishers: Plastic Handle Fire Extinguishers and Push-Button Pindicator Fire Extinguishers. They were sold at various retailers between from January 1, 1973 and September 22, 2017.

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Health Canada says that the extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge, leading to a failure to activate during a fire emergency.  In addition, the nozzle may detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. As of November 2, 2017, Health Canada has received two reports of limited or failed activation in Canada, one of which, involved property damage. Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer injuries in Canada related to the use of these products.

A full list of the affected models can be found on Health Canada’s recall page with images to show where the model number is for affected extinguishers.

What should you do?
If your extinguisher is affected, stop using it immediately and contact the Kidde toll-free at 855-233-2882 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends. Also, online and click on “Product Safety Notices” for more information.

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