Everington and many others with Greenville Fire/Rescue have been busy inspecting fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, too.
Other extinguishers may become clogged or require excessive force to use. In addition, the nozzles on some of the extinguishers can detach with enough force to potentially injure someone. In 2014, extinguishers didn't work for emergency responders who were trying to fight a vehicle fire after a crash.
More than 40 million fire extinguishers sold over a four-decade period have been recalled because they may not work to put out fires, according to an announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Kidde says it has received a report of a death in the USA involving a auto fire and some 390 other reports of malfunctions involving extinguishers in the US that led to 16 injuries. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, the commission said Thursday.
Several models of fire extinguishers produced between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017, including models listed in previous recalls, are covered in this one.
391 people reported a fault of some kind; 91 people reported property damage; 16 people received injuries; and at least 1 death is being blamed.
Kidde is offering a free replacement to those who enter their model number online.
Certain models of extinguishers also come equipped inside commercial trucks, RVs, and personal watercraft like a boat of jet ski.