Safety warning: Smoke Alarms
On 2011-05-27, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a safety warning regarding Smoke Alarms due to a potential alarm failure hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2006 for about $0.
About 20,000 units are involved in this Atlanta Fire Rescue Department smoke alarm recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Fire, Smoke & CO Alarms category in 2011.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 1 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (404) 546-2733
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What is the problem?
CPSC's independent testing of the smoke alarms determined that the alarms pose a life safety hazard to the occupants in the event of a fire. The alarms perform poorly and inconsistently and do not meet voluntary standards requirements in Underwriters Laboratories' (UL) 217, Single and Multiple Station Smoke Alarms and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72, Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The smoke alarms' sensitivity settings varied greatly between the alarms tested. Some alarms did not respond within an adequate time for life safety and other alarms did not respond at all.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The counterfeit alarms can be identified by a silver Underwriters Laboratories' UL label on the back and three sets of vented slots on the front. The UL label is counterfeit. The alarms do not have a model number or brand name printed on them. "Important: Refer to Manual for Operating Instruction and Safety" and "Do Not Paint" are stamped into the plastic on the front of the alarm in both English and German. The package states, "This Smoke Alarm save [sic] life and property by early warning!" Claims that smoke alarms can "save property" are not typical claims for smoke alarms. The packaging states, "10 YEAR LIFE LITHIUM BATTERY," but the battery included with the smoke alarm is a carbon zinc, industrial, heavy duty battery, which will power the alarm for only one year.
These items were sold new+ at About 18,500 counterfeit photoelectric smoke alarms were distributed for free in the Atlanta area between 2006 through May 2011 as part of the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, which distributed the free smoke alarms as part of a fire safety campaign, is recalling the smoke alarms and is working to provide free smoke alarm inspections and replacement units.
Consumers who received these alarms should immediately contact the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Recall Hotline at (404)546-2733.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
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