The US Product Safety Commission is recalling almost 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers sold between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017. In addition, the nozzles on some of the extinguishers can detach with enough force to potentially injure someone.
Everington and many others with Greenville Fire/Rescue have been busy inspecting fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, too.
Kidde models that commonly serve as a household fire extinguisher are reportedly having malfunctions that involve a clog in the plastic handle and fail to activate in an emergency. In 2014, extinguishers didn't work for emergency responders who were trying to fight a vehicle fire after a crash.
Certain models were recalled back in 2009, and again in 2015. "You buy it knowing that one day you might need it, but you hope you never do", Gladwell said.
The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the US and Canada made from 1973 through August 15 of this year. They also report approximately 91 reports of property damage.
Kidde, based in Mebane, N.C., near Raleigh, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible. They can be found on the shelves of Walmart, Home Depot and can even be purchased online on Amazon.
Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models.