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Recall: K-GUARD;, SENTRY; and FLAG FIRE; Model Fire Extinguishers


On 2006-11-13, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding K-GUARD;, SENTRY; and FLAG FIRE; Model Fire Extinguishers due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in May 2003 for about $100.00 to $225.00.

About 200,000 units are involved in this Ansul fire extinguisher recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 2nd recall of products in the Fire Extinguishers & Suppressors category in 2006.

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K-GUARD;, SENTRY; and FLAG FIRE; Model Fire Extinguishers
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What is the problem?

If the fire extinguisher is dropped horizontally from a height of approximately 2 to 3 feet, the pick-up tube could crack at the threads between the pick-up tube adaptor and the stainless steel tube. If a pick-up tube is cracked, the extinguisher can fail to discharge properly when activated, which can put users at risk during a fire.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recall involves K-GUARD; Wet Chemical, FLAG FIRE; KITCHEN ONE; Wet Chemical, FLAG FIRE; Water and SENTRY; Water Fire Extinguishers manufactured and shipped between May 2003 and September 9, 2005.

These items were sold new+ at Ansul Incorporated, through its authorized fire equipment distributors, from May 2003 through September 2005. Extinguishers were sold by distributors to their end users for about $150 to $225 each for the kitchen units and for about $100 each for the water units.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Pick-up tube replacements will be performed during routine annual maintenance. The pick-up tube assembly is inside the extinguisher and cannot be visually inspected without de-pressurizing and disassembling the extinguisher. This work should only be done by an authorized ANSUL; distributor. Owners concerned about an extinguisher prior to the scheduled maintenance, due to signs of physical damage such as dents or scratches, should contact their authorized ANSUL; distributor to request a free replacement.

For more information, call your ANSUL; or PYRO-CHEM; distributor or Ansul Incorporated's and PYRO-CHEM's Quality Assurance Department at (800)906-3575 (US/Canada)or (715)732-3575 (Outside US/Canada)between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Alternatively, you can find additional information by visiting the ANSUl; Web site at or the PYRO-CHEM; Web site at


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

None reported.

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