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Atlanta fire department recalls more than 18,000 smoke alarms

7:39 PM, May 13, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Fire Department is recalling more than 18,000 counterfeit smoke alarms handed out from April 2006 through last summer.

The alarms were purchased from California-based company Silver Sails and distributed by the fire department as part of the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program.

The problem is the holographic UL inspection sticker on the back, now confirmed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to be a fake. That means the alarms never went through any of the required safety inspections and might not actually work.

"We want to make sure that the public confidence in the ability of smoke alarms to alert them and save lives is not shaken by these counterfeit smoke alarms that we've received from a counterfeit manufacturer and a vendor that has a questionable past," said Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.

The Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program distributes alarms in low-income, minority communities, those most prone to deadly fires. In the next few weeks, the fire department will return to those neighborhoods to replace them.

The recalled alarms can be recognized by three vents on the front side and no brand name on the box or alarm. The company that sold them, Silver Sails, is now under FBI investigation.

If you have one, you should call (404) 546-2733 or email smokealarm@atlantaga.gov for a replacement.

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