Smoke and CO Alarms sold on E-Commerce Sites - September 2019 Alert
Leading fire organizations and consumer advocacy groups, such as Consumer Reports, encourage the use of products that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. It has been noted that a number of smoke and CO alarms being sold on these e-commerce sites have not, according to research, been tested by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories such as UL or ETL to the ANSI/UL 217 or 2034 standards. When they have not been tested and certified by a third-party verification, it creates a potentially deadly scenario. These alarms may NOT detect the presence of fire, sound an alarm or operate within the required timeframe. Click to see a Compilation of Unlisted Smoke Alarms Available on Amazon as of 8/14/19.
Fire Extinguisher Recall - November 2, 2017
Kidde has recalled fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment.
Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.