Smoke Detector Recall

Smoke Detectors made by Universal Security Instruments. (Courtesy: US Consumer Product Safety Commission.)

Jackson County Fire District 3 posted on their Facebook page that Universal Security Instruments have issued a smoke detector recall on some of their models.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that “The smoke alarms can have a misaligned internal switch causing the alarms to not activate properly, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.”

The recall alert was for Universal Security Instruments model number M13050S or M13050SB with date codes 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11.

Fire District 3 Public Information Officer Ashley Blakely wanted to alert the people in her district of the recall. "Just to alert our public to go home, make sure the recall that is in place doesn't affect them. “ Blakely said. “And that they don't have that type of smoke alarm in their home.”

Blakely said that they don’t usually use smoke detectors made by Universal Security Instruments. She urged everyone to check the smoke detectors in their home and see if they are made by Universal Security Instruments.

“Then if they do, they can always call us if they're within our district.” Blakely continued. “And we can go out and install free smoke alarms in their homes as well."

Fire District 3 has a program to install smoke alarms for any home dweller within their district. Blakely said smoke detectors are your first defense to alerting you to a fire in your home. She said you should have a fire detector in every bedroom, in every hall way and on every floor.

The smoke detectors Fire District 3 uses have a 10-year battery life. Once the battery runs out, they will replace it rather than change batteries. Blakely said you should test your smoke alarms at least once a month.

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