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Safety Recall TOTAL/FAMEFAST CO2
07-06-2011, 09:46 PM
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Exclamation Safety Recall TOTAL/FAMEFAST CO2
TOTAL – FLAMEFAST SAFETY BULLETIN
Dear Colleagues,
It has come to our notice that there have been a small number of incidents relating to valves on the 2kg and 5kg aluminium CO2 extinguishers sold in the UK under the TOTAL and FLAMEFAST brand names. It appears that stress corrosion cracking has caused the valve to fail on an extremely small number of occasions. The risk of an incident is very low but it may increase if the extinguishers are handled without following our instructions. On rare occasions, the valves may be ejected under high speed to cause severe injuries.
The safety of our customers is our utmost priority and as a precaution, we are asking customers not to use, service and/or move the affected extinguishers themselves in any way, and following standard safety practices, should not lean directly over the head of the extinguisher.
These incidents relate to a small number of the 2kg and 5kg extinguishers which were sold between 2007 and April 2011. These extinguishers can easily be identified:
- by their labels which are clearly marked with either the FLAMEFAST or TOTAL brands
- they are a CO2 extinguisher with a 2kg or 5kg capacity and
- the valves are stamped ‘231’.
The valves in question, which are in line with all approvals and certifications (CE) were purchased by Tyco and did not meet the supplier’s specifications.

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20-06-2011, 09:01 PM
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RE: Safety Recall TOTAL/FAMEFAST CO2
(07-06-2011 09:46 PM)AnthonyB Wrote:  TOTAL – FLAMEFAST SAFETY BULLETIN
Dear Colleagues,
It has come to our notice that there have been a small number of incidents relating to valves on the 2kg and 5kg aluminium CO2 extinguishers sold in the UK under the TOTAL and FLAMEFAST brand names. It appears that stress corrosion cracking has caused the valve to fail on an extremely small number of occasions. The risk of an incident is very low but it may increase if the extinguishers are handled without following our instructions. On rare occasions, the valves may be ejected under high speed to cause severe injuries.
The safety of our customers is our utmost priority and as a precaution, we are asking customers not to use, service and/or move the affected extinguishers themselves in any way, and following standard safety practices, should not lean directly over the head of the extinguisher.
These incidents relate to a small number of the 2kg and 5kg extinguishers which were sold between 2007 and April 2011. These extinguishers can easily be identified:
- by their labels which are clearly marked with either the FLAMEFAST or TOTAL brands
- they are a CO2 extinguisher with a 2kg or 5kg capacity and
- the valves are stamped ‘231’.
The valves in question, which are in line with all approvals and certifications (CE) were purchased by Tyco and did not meet the supplier’s specifications.

Hey guys
I had one of these today, or rather a 2kg Total branded unit from 2009.
The safety recall doesn't quite make it clear, but not all of the heads on the extinguishers from the recall period are stamped '231', but rather that was only one batch used during that period.
If you do find one the critical bit of info does seem to be this head stamping, so just be on the lookout for that in particular. Cool
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20-06-2011, 09:09 PM
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RE: Safety Recall TOTAL/FAMEFAST CO2
At first glance I thought what a strange name to call on extinguisher TOTAL FLAMEFEST Doh

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20-06-2011, 09:24 PM
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RE: Safety Recall TOTAL/FAMEFAST CO2
(20-06-2011 09:09 PM)lozevans555 Wrote:  At first glance I thought what a strange name to call on extinguisher TOTAL FLAMEFEST Doh

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I did a little LOL... you plonker Biggrin
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