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One of the most common items in all West Virginia homes is the fire alarm. These are recommended to be in various rooms, as close to the ceiling as possible, and on each level of the home. Fire alarms are designed to protect members of the household when a fire breaks out, as it sounds an alarm as soon as it detects smoke. Unfortunately, when fire alarms do not sound alerts when there is a fire because they are defective household products, it can lead to a potentially dangerous situation for everyone involved.  

Sure Signal Products, a manufacturer of fire alarms, has recently recalled 375,000 of its heat-activated fire alarms. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), these alarms have a defective fuse in them. This faulty fuse could keep them from sounding an alert in the event of a fire-related emergency.

The recall affects four brands and models. These include Thermalink QR50, Responsive TR70-R, MasterGuard QR50 and DeTech FST2004H. The model numbers can be located on the back of the fire alarm. The fire alarms come in chrome and white and were manufactured from the beginning of January 2004 through the first of July 2015.

As of now, no incidents have been reported. Consumers with one of the impacted fire alarms can contact Sure Signal Products for more information on how to receive a free replacement fuse. In the meantime, it is recommended to have a back-up fire detection method in the event of a fire.

Fire alarms can save lives, but they can’t if they are not properly working. West Virginia individuals who are injured as a result of defective household products, including fire alarms, are entitled to pursue compensation via a product liability claim. If the claim is successfully litigated, meaning that proof of fault on the part of the manufacturer can be shown, victims may be rewarded with financial restitution for property damage, medical expenses, emotional stress, disfigurement, disability, and physical pain and suffering, as well as other related damages.

Source: wtsp.com, “375K smoke alarms recalled due to defective fuses“, Oct. 29, 2015