Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of roughly 40.5 million Kidde portable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. (37.8 million units) and Canada (2.7 million units). The recall involves 134 different models manufactured between Jan 1, 1972 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde extinguishers are commonly sold for residential, vehicle and sometimes commercial use.
This recall involves two styles of Kidde extinguishers – plastic handle and push-button Pindicator portable fire extinguishers. The CPSC notes that these 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.
There have been nearly 400 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including a 2014 fatality involving a car fire following a crash where emergency responders were unable to get a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher to work. Extinguisher failure has also resulted in approximately 16 injuries including smoke inhalation, minor burns and approximately 91 reports of property damage.
Replace your Extinguisher
Consumers can immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and to obtain instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work property in a fire emergency.
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Insurance Careers Movements has partnered with Insurance Journal to launch a careers contest aimed at insurance professionals who are 40 years old and under. Contestants are encouraged to be creative in submitting photos and short videos to share their experiences!
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This week, Financial Services’ President Craig Collins is headed to Wichita for the Kanas Bankers Association’s 2017 Economic Outlook & Risk Management Conference. He will lead a discussion about current claims and close calls that are being reported to insurers. In addition, several loss prevention strategies will be presented, and will include information on corporate account takeover, wire transfer fraud, social engineering and Ransomware. If you are headed to this conference, be sure to attend this session on Tuesday morning!
This year’s PLUS International Conference is taking place in Atlanta, GA from November 1-3, and team members from several OneBeacon businesses are looking forward to the networking opportunities and educational sessions taking place during the conference.
Jennifer Weinstein, Assistant Vice President Management Liability Claims, will participate in one of these sessions titled, “WARNING – The Internet May Be Hazardous to Employees!” This panel discussion will focus on how employers must be prepared to prevent and/or address a wide range of workplace issues arising out of the internet and social media – whether there are potential safety issues that happen in the workplace or concerns about privacy and employers using social media to find out more about employees or potential employees. The panel will address policies and procedures employers can institute to mitigate some of those exposures.
Stop by to hear the discussion on November 2!