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Posted on: January 8, 2019

State Fire Marshal Warns Consumers About Unapproved Fire Extinguishers

Tundra Fire Extinguisher Notice

The California State Fire Marshal has issued an informational bulletin warning consumers about unapproved fire extinguishers being sold in California. The extinguisher in the warning is the Tundra Fire Extinguisher manufactured by BRK Brands and marketed by First Alert. This fire extinguisher does not meet the safety requirements for sale in California. Consumers who have purchased this fire extinguisher are advised not to use the product and to contact the manufacturer, BRK Brands.

The full text of the State Fire Marshal’s informational bulletin is as follows:

“It has come to our attention that First Alert is selling unapproved portable fire extinguishers in California. The Tundra Fire Extinguisher, manufactured by BRK Brands and marketed by First Alert, does not meet the requirements for sale in California. 

California Health and Safety Code Section 13162 States: 
“Requirements for sale and distribution; exceptions. No person shall market, distribute, or sell any portable fire extinguisher in this state unless it meets the following requirements: 

(a) It complies with regulations and standards adopted by the State Fire Marshal pursuant to Section 13160. 

(b) It has been examined by and bears the label of Underwriters' Laboratories Inc. or another testing laboratory which is approved by the State Fire Marshal as qualified to test portable fire extinguishers. Any testing laboratory approved by the State Fire Marshal shall have facilities, personnel, and operating procedures equivalent to those of the Underwriters' Laboratories Inc.” 

The marketing, distribution or sale of this Fire Extinguisher in California is a violation of California State Law.
 
You may contact BRK Brands directly at: 

Company Address: 3901 Liberty Street Road, Aurora, IL 60504 

Contact Information: 1-800-323-9005 

If you have questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact Supervising Deputy State Fire Marshal James Parsegian at james.parsegian@fire.ca.gov or (916) 445-8415.

For information regarding the California State Fire Marshal Office please visit our website http://osfm.fire.ca.gov

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