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A Statement on Wireless Smoke Alarm Reliability


Mebane, NC, May 2, 2006 – Today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of a competitor’s wireless battery-powered smoke alarms because of a problem with batteries draining too quickly. 
Kidde’s Wireless Smoke Alarm System is not involved in this recall. Kidde has not received any reports of problems with the batteries used to power its alarms.

Kidde’s wireless smoke alarms meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent facility that tests products for compliance with widely-accepted safety standards. One of these standards requires that the batteries used in smoke alarms provide power to the unit for at least one year under normal operation. Kidde is the only manufacturer to have UL-listed wireless alarms. Products listed by UL have the “UL” mark on their packaging.

All Kidde smoke alarms are subject to the most rigorous research, development and testing procedures available on the market, including the UL process. UL approval is recommended by many recognized safety and medical organizations, insurers and home improvement experts including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the United States Fire Administration, Harvard Medical School, State Farm Insurance and Bob Vila.

As a leader in the fire safety product industry, Kidde is constantly developing new technology that can help make a home more fire safe. The use of wireless technology in smoke alarms is an innovation that provides families with a simple way to upgrade their home’s fire protection. Kidde has every confidence in the benefits of wireless technology, specifically in using radio frequency waves to interconnect - or link - smoke alarms. The CPSC recently stated that radio frequency is one of two of the most promising wireless technologies for linking smoke alarms into an interconnected system.

Studies show that on average a family has less than three minutes from the time the first smoke alarm sounds to escape a fire in their home. The sooner an alarm is heard, the sooner a family can get out. Wireless smoke alarms are linked together so that when one sounds, they all sound, helping to provide families with early warning no matter where the fire starts, thereby giving them more time to escape safely. Currently more than 84 million homes have only isolated battery- or electric-powered smoke alarms, leaving those families under-protected.

Kidde’s mission is to save lives. We are confident in the performance of our products, and in the benefits of using wireless technology to link smoke alarms into an interconnected system. For more information on Kidde wireless smoke alarms, please click here