Sale of ‘unapproved’ fire extinguisher OK until court hears arguments

NORWICH – The New York State Department of State’s Office of Fire Prevention and Control recently announced it would not seek to penalize retailers selling unapproved fire extinguishers, including stores in Chenango County, until a pending court motion could be heard this February.

In a memo sent to Chenango County fire officials earlier in December, the agency alerted that certain brands of aerosol-based fire extinguishers were being sold in the state without proper approval.

The OFPC stated, “the sale of unapproved fire extinguishers in New York, such as the Tundra, manufactured by BRK Brands and marketed by First Alert, is unlawful. A knowing violation is punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $500 for a first violation and $10,000 for each successive violation.”

Following the notification Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matthew L. Beckwith said local officials canvassed area stores and discovered some of the extinguishers being sold at Norwich retailers.

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