With the recent recall of smoke alarms by manufacturer Kidde, Waterloo Fire Rescue is urging residents to immediately check alarms in their homes and businesses. Kidde recalled nearly 500,000 dual sensor smoke alarms models PI2010 and PI9010 on March 21, 2018.
According to the company, a yellow protective cap may have been left on one of the two smoke sensors during the manufacturing process which could compromise the smoke alarms’ ability to detect smoke. Consumers should remove detectors from the wall or ceiling, and then examine the alarm by looking through the opening on its side. If the alarm contains a yellow cap, the unit should be replaced immediately.
Photos of the recalled devise and instruction can be found on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/kidde-recalls-dual-sensor-smoke-alarms-due-to-risk-of-failure-to-alert-consumers-to-a
Waterloo Fire Rescue is offering smoke alarm inspections to residents in need of assistance. Fire Rescue personnel will go into homes to inspect and identify recalled detectors, and replace if necessary. Those wanting assistance should call Station One Headquarters at (319) 291-4460 to arrange an inspection.
“We are all far too familiar with the tragedy of fire fatalities due to absence of functional smoke alarms,” says Waterloo Fire Rescue Chief Pat Treloar. “Taking a few minutes to check your smoke alarm could be the difference between life and death for you and your family. Please check your alarm and if you cannot, we are more than happy to come and do it for you.”
Treloar reminds residents to replace batteries, test, and clean units while examining for recall.