The Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau has been notified of an important product recall that may pose a fire safety hazard to consumers.
Ted Pisciotta, Shelton’s assistant fire chief for fire prevention, is advising residents and businesses to take a few moments to check for the Kidde plastic valve disposable fire extinguishers listed below, as announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher. Kidde can be reached toll-free at 855-283-7991 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, or online at www.kidde.com (click on “Safety Notice” for information).
May not fully discharge
According to the recall notice, a faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury.
This recall involves 31 models of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers with Zytel black plastic valves. The recalled extinguishers are red, white or silver and are either ABC or BC rated. The ratings can be found to the right of the nameplate.
Manufacture dates included in the recall are July 23, 2013 through Oct. 15, 2014. Extinguishers were sold at Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online from August 2013 through November 2014 for between $18 and $65, and about $200 for model XL 5MR.
Look for 10-digit code
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:
Mariner 5 G
How to check on recalls
Pisciotta said recalls of many different types of products are issued throughout the year but most people with these products never become aware of the hazard notification.
The easiest way to check if a product has ever been recalled is to log onto the CPSC website, www.cpsc.gov.
For any type of recall, including food items, people can log onto www.recalls.gov. This site combines seven federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions that report on unsafe, hazardous or defective products.
For more information on fire safety, go to the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau website found under “Public Safety” at www.cityofshelton.org. The Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau can be reached by phone at 203-924-1555.