Fire extinguisher recall

Kidde United Technologies has issued a recall of some of its home fire extinguishers.

According to a company press release: “Kidde, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is announcing a voluntary recall to replace certain XL Fire Extinguisher units, because they may lose pressure faster than others due to an off-specification lubricant. This loss of pressure may result in the extinguisher failing to operate when activated. The affected units were manufactured in Mexico between October 2007 and April 2008.”

Kidde also said the gauges on the affected units continue to function and will alert customers to any pressure loss.

Chadds Ford Township Fire Marshal Mike Daily said he’s concerned for the welfare of the residents.

“They need to be aware of this and check their products at home. I wouldn’t want somebody to have an incident where they required a fire extinguisher and it didn’t work,” he said.

The extinguishers in question are red, white, or silver and rated as ABC or BC.

(Those designations refer to the types of fires the extinguisher can handle. ABC extinguishers can put out fires fueled by paper and wood, chemicals such as gasoline and electrical fires. BC extinguishers are for chemical and electrical fires.)

Manufacturing dates included in the recall are July 23, 2013, through October 15, 2014. A 10-digit date code is stamped on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled units manufactured in 2013 are XXXX 20413 X through XXXX 36513 X and 2014 are XXXX 00114 X through XXXX 28814 X. A nameplate affixed to the front of the fire extinguisher has one of the following model numbers: 10BC, 1A 10BC, 1A 10BCW, 2A10BC, 5BC, 5BCW, FA10G, FA110, FA5B, FC10, FC110, FC5, FH/ RESSP, FX10, FX10BC, FX10K, FX210, FX210R, FX210W, FX340GW, FX340SC, FX5II, KFH Twin, M110 Twin, M5 Twin, Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5, Mariner 5 G, RESSP and XL 5MR.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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