A nationwide recall on roughly 450,000 smoke detectors made by the company Kidde has been announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to the CPSC, models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual sensor ... photoelectric and ionization ... smoke alarms have a yellow cap that can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke.
Florida's Chief Financial Officer and fire marshal, Jimmy Patronis, is joining other authorities in getting the word out.
According to a release from the CFO's Office, the yellow cap on the smoke detector's sensor "poses an immediate and dangerous risk for Floridians as properly functioning smoke alarms are a life-saving tool from the dangers of fire-related incidents and smoke inhalation."
Patronis says he is urging all safety advocates in the state to spread the news about the recall of the smoke detectors.
The CFO and fire marshal says he has already directed his division to ensure that the appropriate agency heads are notified of the recall so a change can be made in smoke detectors in state buildings under his oversight, immediately if needed.
Patronis also is calling on the Florida realtor community to reach out to their clients to make sure homeowners have the needed information on this recall.
He says any residents who have the suspect smoke detectors should remove any smoke alarms from the wall or ceiling and visually inspect them through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap.
Floridians should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or remove the yellow cap, his office says.
If a yellow cap is present, Floridians are instead being advised that they should immediately contact Kidde.
They can replace the suspect alarm with a properly functioning one, according to state officials and Kidde.
For additional details surrounding the Kidde smoke alarm recall, people are advised to visit www.CPSC.gov or https://kidde-smoke-alarm-recallusen.expertinquiry.com