During our safety checks we discovered all of our fire fighting gear was under recall. How nice.
We’re trying to decide if we want to go with possibly bad, definitely recalled fire extinguishers.
Kidde has recalled more than 130 models of their fire extinguishers. All six of ours, of various models are on the list.
According to Kidde, they may function, or they may not. They are recalling them (8-9 million of them apparently) due to the fact they COULD fail. Having worked with Quality Control in the past I imagine they did some destructive testing to determine they have that many models, based on the plastic handles, and they have indeed had at least one death associated with one of the models.
That means they are attempting to mitigate other dangers to the public from their equipment. The cost must be enormous.
So, do we stay another possible 20 days and then go south, or do we run south with the herd and try to get to Bahamas in the right windows?
I understand Kevin (a friend on the dock) has a $1.00 bet we will be here for Thanksgiving. Not sure I want to see him win that bet. 🙂
I have more extinguishers than are required (I believe I’m required three for my size boat) and we have two for the engine, one for each cabin, one for the galley and a spare (I keep two in our cabin).
So, the chances of ALL of them failing in an emergency are pretty low. But, I don’t want to ship out and leave a huge box of a half dozen extinguishers sitting behind, and I need to ship back the other six.
What would you do?
Edit: By the way, here is a link for you to go check your own equipment!