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RECALL: Smoke Alarms May Not Detect Smoke


By Naomi Millán Fire Safety/Protection

Kidde has recalled about 452,000 dual sensor smoke alarms because a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors. This can prevent the smoke alarm from detecting smoke, causing a failure to go into alarm, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall 18-128.

Models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms are affected. Units were manufactured between Sept. 10, 2016 and October 13, 2017. PI9010 models are battery powered, and PI2010 are hard-wired. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm.

The smoke detectors were primarily marketed to the residential market, and were sold online and at home improvement or hardware stores between September 2016 and January 2018. However, facility managers with Kidde smoke alarms should verify if there is a yellow cap visible through the side opening of the alarm. If such a cap is present, Kidde will replace the smoke alarm for free.

Kidde can be reached at 833-551-7739 online at www.kidde.com.

This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor, Building Operating Management. Go here for other recent recall notices.

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