Fire Alarms That Can’t Detect Fire

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Around 375,000 fire alarms are being recalled because a defect renders them incapable of detecting fire. D-oh!

Last week, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that this large number of Heat-activated fire alarm units made by Sure Signal Products are being recalled due to defective fusible link sensor (fuse) on the fire alarm.

This faulty fuse renders the units incapable of functioning property. As you know, there’s nothing more dangerous than faulty safety equipment. These fire alarms may not sound in the presence of fire.

The bad fire alarms were sold under brand names and models including  DeTech FST2004H, MasterGuard QR50, Responsive TR70-R and Thermalink QR50.

They are white, round and measure about 7 inches in diameter. Fire alarm dealers nationwide from January 2004 through September 2015 for between $300 and $375.

The alarms have a round fuse at the center. The fuse is white or chrome and about 1.5 inches in diameter, and has a temperature rating of 117°F or 136°F.

The alarms were manufactured from January 1, 2004 through July 1, 2015. Date codes are listed in a YYDDD format and range from 04001 through 15182.

CPSC said that the alarm’s model is printed on a label on the back of the alarm. SSP, the temperature rating and the date code can be found on the back of the fuse.

If you think you have one of these affected units, call Sure Signal Products toll-free at 855-202-3083 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

You can also contact the company online at  Click on CPSC Heat Sensor Recall in the upper right of the page for more information.

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