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Front and back of Kidde smoke alarm with side view showing yellow cap
Front and back of Kidde smoke alarm with side view showing yellow cap
Kidde smoke alarm recall (Photo) - 03/27/18

On March 21, 2018, Kidde issued a recall of 452,000 dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms sold in the United States. The smoke alarms have the model numbers PI2010 (AC/hardwired) and PI9010 (DC/battery powered). "KIDDE" is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.

Kidde states that a yellow protective cap in limited instances 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 the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the cap themselves. If the yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement alarm. They should remove the recalled smoke alarm ONLY AFTER they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

Alarms were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home, and hardware stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.

For more information, visit the Kidde website: https://kidde-smoke-alarm-recallusen.expertinquiry.com/ or the 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

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal's Smoke Alarm Installation Program does not distribute Kidde smoke alarms, therefore alarms issued by the OSFM to Oregon fire agencies, the American Red Cross Cascades Region, or other organizations are not affected by this recall.

Working smoke alarms save lives. Be sure to test your smoke alarms regularly and make sure you have working smoke alarms on each level of your home, inside each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.

If you don't have working smoke alarms, contact your local fire agency or the American Red Cross at preparedness@redcross.org or 503-528-5783, 541-842-4717 (Medford area), or 541-749-4144 (Bend area).

For more information on smoke alarms visit the OSFM Smoke Alarm Information Center: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/CommEd_SA_Program.aspx

State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (far right) congratulates members of the Pendleton Lions Club on their Silver Sparky award as a member of the Pendleton Fire Department looks on
State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (far right) congratulates members of the Pendleton Lions Club on their Silver Sparky award as a member of the Pendleton Fire Department looks on
State Fire Marshal honors outstanding achievements in fire prevention (Photo) - 03/22/18

State Fire Marshal Jim Walker bestowed the Office of State Fire Marshal's highest awards for outstanding achievement in fire prevention and safety education during the Oregon Fire Marshals Association's annual conference today.

The Golden Sparky is awarded to a fire service agency or individual for outstanding achievements in fire prevention and safety and the Silver Sparky is awarded to a civilian, company, or non-profit organization for outstanding achievements in fire prevention and safety.

The Golden Sparky award was presented to Umatilla County Fire District #1 Public Educator Gretchen Erickson and the Silver Sparky was presented to the Pendleton Lions Club.

"For the past 14 years, Gretchen Erickson has visited elementary schools throughout the Hermiston School District teaching students how to keep themselves and others fire safe," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Over the years, Gretchen's lessons have had an enormous positive effect on hundreds of school children. She is certainly deserving of the Golden Sparky."

Proof of Gretchen's lifesaving effect on her students came in 2009 when Jazmin Silva, then a student at Desert View Elementary School, kept a cool head as things heated up during a fire at her home in January of that year. Shortly after black smoke starting filling the air in her home, Jazmin remembered Gretchen's lessons and grabbed her 5-month old cousin, took her 2-year old cousin by the hand, and told her 7-year old cousin to hold onto her shirt as Jazmin led them outdoors to safety.

"The Pendleton Lions Club is also very deserving of the Sliver Sparky award due to how the club has embraced fire safety as one of its highest priorities," said Walker. "Club members have dedicated countless hours and resources to the elimination of fire related injuries and deaths in the community."

The Pendleton Lions Club is dedicated to the vision of having working smoke alarms in every residence in Pendleton. They have raised more than $1,000 to purchase smoke alarms, and in partnership with the Pendleton Fire Department they have distributed and installed hundreds of them in area homes. In addition, the club has collaborated with the OSFM and PFD on a focused effort in a low-income area of the city to ensure each residence has a working smoke alarm. Last October, club members, local volunteers, and members of the fire department installed 50 smoke alarms in this area of town in one weekend.

"Oregon is extremely fortunate to have people and organizations such as these working to keep Oregonians safe from deadly home fires," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. People and organizations such as Gretchen Erickson and the Pendleton Lions Club deserve to be recognized for their work and I am honored to present them with the Sparky awards."