But after a recall of almost 38 million Kidde brand extinguishers, millions of homes aren't properly protected.
In addition, Kidde admits in the recall notice, "There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage".
This comes after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 38 million Kidde brand extinguishers.
The recall includes 134 models of Kidde plastic handle fire extinguishers made between 1973 and August 2017, including models that were previously recalled in 2009 and 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. Reports show emergency responders were not able to get the fire extinguisher to function. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. They can be found on the shelves of Walmart, Home Depot and can even be purchased online on Amazon. The recalled extinguishers date back decades and some models have been recalled before for other issues.
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. The reason? Nothing has been coming out of the nozzle, and that's certainly not good. They also were sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.