Kidde Recalls 500,000 Smoke Detectors
Kidde has recalled half a million smoke detectors due to a manufacturing flaw that can hamper the devices’ ability to detect smoke.
About the Kidde Smoke Detector Recall
According to FOX 6 Now, the recall involves Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ioniazation) smoke alarms with model numbers PI2010 and PI9010.
Reports indicate a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors, hampering the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke. This creates a significant risk of consumers as they may not be alerted to a fire in their home.
About 452,000 of the defective smoke detectors were sold in the United States and another 40,000 were sold in Canada.
The recalled units were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart, and other department, home, and hardware stores nationwide. The products were also sold online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018.
Individual smoke detectors were sold for between $20 and $40.
Fire Safety Tips
In 2016 alone, house fires killed 2,735 people and injured an additional 10,750, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Following these tips can help decrease your risk of being involved or injured in a fire.
- Check Your Smoke Alarms – Be sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home. If you have not done so recently, check the smoke alarms’ batteries and make sure they are in working order.
- Review Your Fire Escape Route– While you should always practice regular reviews of your fire escape route, it takes special precedence in the winter. Make sure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency and ensure all windows and doors are in working order.
- If a Fire Does Occur, GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP – Do not try to gather items when evacuating and never re-enter a burning residence. Call 911 and report the fire as soon as you are safety evacuated.