Get free replacement fire extinguishers due to recall.
I heard about this so I took out my disposable fire extinguishers to see if they were recalled. First I checked the website but the page was down. So I called and it took about ten minutes to determine that mine weren’t subject to the recall because they are so old!
Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment
Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
Have your fire extinguishers in front of you when you call
You’ll have to locate a product number i.e XK-622965, a model number such as H110G. These may be on the label. You also have to locate a 10 digit manufacture date code which should be stamped on the side of the extinguisher. The customer service rep was very patient while I searched for the info.
If you’re not sure how old your extinguishers are you should call anyway, give them the info and see if they’re expired.
If yours are recalled they will send you new ones and then you have to send the old one’s back in the box you received using a prepaid shipping label they send you.
According to Kidde the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards state that disposable fire extinguishers must be replaced every 12 years
Mine are from 2002 and 2005. Oops! Time for new one’s.
A disposable fire extinguisher has a plastic head, and a gauge that reads Full / Empty. Check your fire extinguishers gauge monthly to verify that your fire extinguisher is still full. If the extinguisher’s gauge needle is in the EMPTY area, replace your fire extinguisher immediately.
Kidde’s disposable fire extinguishers all have a 10 to 12-year warranty. For more information about your specific fire extinguisher, refer to your user’s manual.
Chicago Fire Department Fire prevention page
I called the CFD and they were not helpful at all. Here is a link to their page describing what kind of fire extinguisher you may want to buy. I can’t recommend anything because I don’t want to get sued if your house burns down!
Recycling your old fire extinguisher
Unfortunately you can’t just toss them in the trash. You can check with your building and they may have a procedure or you can take them here.