This weekend we set our clocks back an hour and at our house we also replaced smoke detector batteries and checked our fire extinguisher after we heard the U.S. Government recalled nearly 40 million of them this week.

The recall applies to Kidde-brand fire extinguishers, some with plastic handles and some with push-button release valves. According to a Fortune magazine article, the fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.

Roughly 37.8 million potentially defective extinguishers are currently in circulation across the country including the Quad City area, according to the recall notice. Some of them were included in prior recalls in March 2009 and February 2015, while others were sold more recently.

If you own a Kidde fire extinguisher, you can check the model number here to see if it’s part of the recall, and contact the company for a free replacement if so.

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