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Gamewell-FCI fire alarm panels (ILI-MB-E3 and ILI-S-E3) sold between May 2015 and August 2015 have been recalled. When configured a certain way, the panels can become non-responsive and connected detectors in the area can fail to detect and respond to an alarm, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall number 16-134 issued on March 31, 2016.
The issue is limited to a specific configuration of signaling line circuit (SLC) devices. "To occur, the SLC must include at least two of the following detectors in any combination: Acclimate, 4-Warn, Photo/CO and iFAAST. The issue would occur only if the detectors are addressed within the same FlashScan polling group," says CPSC.
No incidents or injuries have been reported due to this issue and the problem can be solved through a free firmware upgrade available through authorized distributors. About 1,000 affected panels were sold between May 2015 and August 2015.
Facility managers affected by this recall can contact Gamewell-FCI at 800-274-4324 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.gamewell-fci.com and click on “Safety Recall” for more information.
This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor of Building Operating Management magazine, email@example.com.