Nuisance dust is classified as particulate powder or dust which may be
inhaled which is not necessarily toxic, but still may harm you through
Specifically concerning Kidde Sodium Bicarbonate fire extinguishers,
it is not toxic, although it can cause shortness of breath, or
exacerbate existing asthema or other respiratory problems. Its
"unsafe" threshold limit according to the Occupational Safety and
Health Adminsitration is 15 mg/m^3. Also, from the datasheet of the
Kidde fire extinguishers, I found the complete safety data, and have
reproduced it below:
SECTION 6 ? HEALTH HAZARD DATA
Threshold limit value: ACGIH TLV for particulates not otherwise
classified: 10 mg/m3
OSHA PEL for nuisance dust limit total: 15 mg/m3
Routes of entry:
Inhalation: YES; may be irritant to the respiratory tract.
Eye contact: YES; mildly irritant for a short period.
Skin contact: YES; may be mildly irritating.
Ingestion: NOT an expected route of entry.
Signs and symptoms of overexposure: Acute: Transient cough, shortness
of breath, irritation of airways.
Chronic: This product is not known to cause chronic illness.
Medical conditions generally aggravated by exposure:
Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis or other respiratory illness.
Chemical listed as carcinogen or
NTP program: No IARC monographs: No OSHA: No
Emergency and first aid procedures:
Eye contact: Flush with large amounts of water for at least 15
minutes. If irritation
persists, seek medical attention.
Skin contact: Wash with soap and water. If irritation persists, seek
Inhalation: Move victim to fresh air. Seek medical attention if
Ingestion: Rinse mouth, drink large amounts of water and induce vomiting. Seek
If the formatting is a little hard to read, I've copied the URL to the
datasheet as well.
Thank you for your question.