All About the New Smoke Detector Recall: Part II

Smoke fire detected by home smoke detector alarm on ceiling

If you own a smoke detector manufactured by Kidde, you might need a replacement. We’ve already discussed the types of smoke detectors impacted by a recent recall and what the replacement process entails. Next, we’ll delve into the reasons for the recall — and what this says about fire safety and emergency plans moving forward:

Why Were Kidde’s Smoke Alarms Recalled?

When products are recalled, many people take the announcement at face value. Often, this means taking the most basic steps to secure their replacements without actually bothering to figure out why the originals were compromised in the first place.

A report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) refers to Kidde’s alarm as prompted by a “risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.” This explanation is frustratingly vague. In general, however, it seems that certain Kidde alarms may neglect to alert residents of imminent danger, even when similar alarms from other manufacturers provide the warning that people so desperately need.

The Need for Smoke Detector Testing

If Kidde’s recall makes anything clear, it’s that even devices from the most respected manufacturers cannot always be trusted. This should serve as an important reminder: regular smoke detector testing is just as necessary as installing the device in the first place.

While verifying smoke detector functionality is often as simple as clicking a test button, crisis testing may also be worth your while. To perform a crisis test, light a candle. Once it creates a steady smoke stream, hold it one foot away from the smoke detector. Never perform this test alone or without emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers nearby.

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