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Kidde smoke alarms recalled

Jackson County Fire District 3 is urging residents to check their smoke alarms to see whether the make and model are part of a nationwide recall on the products.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall on two Kidde brand dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms, the PI2010 and PI9010 models.

According to the federal agency’s website, a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors, compromising the alarm’s ability to detect smoke and alert residents to a fire.

The recall was announced late last week, and it affects nearly 500,000 units, with 452,000 in the U.S., and 40,000 in Canada, the site says.

Fire District 3 is asking people to check for the yellow caps. They can be seen inside the smoke alarm. If such a cap is located, consumers “are encouraged to call Kidde immediately and discard the device once a replacement arrives.”

Kidde can be reached between 5:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday at 1-833-551-7739. Consumers with the model also can visit www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

Under Oregon law, smoke alarms must be installed on each level of a house, with one in each bedroom and outside sleeping areas within 21 feet of the bedroom door, according to Fire District 3 public information officer Ashley Blakely.

“You’re four times more likely to survive a fire with a working smoke alarm,” Blakely said, adding most house fires happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

“It may be really the only notification you get.”

Anyone with questions regarding smoke alarm installation should contact their local fire agency.

Additional smoke alarm safety information is available online at www.oregon.gov/osp/sfm/pages/commed_sa_program.aspx.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or at 541-776-4468.

Kidde smoke alarms recalled