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UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Extinguishers

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Extinguishers



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Marc Giauque, KSL Newsradio You may have one next to your stove or in your car, but Underwriters Laboratories is issuing a warning about a particular brand of fire extinguishers.

It's a specific brand, manufactured by International Technology Services. It's also a brand Underwriters Laboratories says bears a fake UL approval.

Fred Larsen, Salt Lake City Fire Inspector: "You need one, and you need one now, and if it's not working, you could be in trouble."

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Extinguishers

Larsen says there are things you can look for when buying a fire extinguisher, such as name brands like Kiddie or Badger. As a rule, he says cheaper isn't always better. He adds that it's one thing to buy an extinguisher, while it's another to know how to use it.

Fred Larsen: "If all else fails, follow directions."

The extinguishers in question bear the International Technology label, and are only about nine inches tall. UL recommends if you have one, take it back to the place where you bought it.

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