By UFA Chief Mike Watson
This article will focus on two very important safety topics. The first is smoke detectors. Even though it is not the time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, I will address a very important recall of a particular brand, make, model and manufactured dates of a smoke alarm that will be replaced by the manufacturer upon consumer request. Please make note of the details of the recall and take the necessary steps to get your smoke detectors replaced if they are mentioned in this posting:
Kidde has announced a voluntary recall on certain Model PI2000 Dual Sensor smoke alarms. This voluntary recall is in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission for smoke alarm units that were manufactured between August 1, 2008, and May 4, 2009. An electrostatic discharge (caused by static electricity) can damage the unit, causing it not to warn consumers of a fire.
This model can be identified by both of the following:
The two buttons on the front (center) of the alarm that are labeled, “HUSH” and “PUSH AND HOLD TO TEST WEEKLY.”
The manufacturer’s label on the back of the unit for the model name and manufactured dates.
Please check your smoke detectors to determine whether or not they need to be replaced per this recall and take the steps.
For more information, visit Kidde’s website at: www.kidde.com or contact Kidde toll-free at (855) 239-0490 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.
The second safety issue is maintaining a clear and workable space around fire hydrants during the winter months. In general, this responsibility falls on the residents who own or occupy property nearest a hydrant. When responding to structure fires, time is of the essence. Fire departments strive for acceptable response times and it is frustrating when a fire hydrant needs to be cleared of snow or debris before firefighters can engage in water supply and suppression tactics to extinguish a fire. If you have a hydrant on or near your property, here are the things you can do to ensure firefighters can connect to the hydrant when needed:
Shovel or snow blow 3 feet of space on each side and in the back of fire hydrants.
Maintain an open corridor from the street to the front of fire hydrants.
These clearings should go all the way to the ground whenever possible, but not less than one foot below the hydrant caps at a minimum.
Some neighborhoods organize an Adopt-A-Hydrant program. This creates the awareness for residents to take note of clearing snow from hydrants and maintaining space around them and to help each other with those tasks throughout the winter months. These things can be done when you are already out shoveling or snow blowing your driveways and sidewalks.
For more information on how to keep fire hydrants clear visit www.Allstate.com. For removing snow from around hydrants, a crudcial part of winter fire safety: www.NFPA.org
As always, thank you and stay safe!