Fire department warns residents of smoke-detector battery problem
The Glenwood Springs Fire Department wants area residents to be aware of a potential battery problem involving certain smoke detectors.CBS 4 in Denver reported earlier this month on the problem, which involves some First Alert models manufactured before October 2000. When used with the wrong batteries, the alarms may go off without reason, or the batteries may expand, crack or blow up.Glenwood Springs fire marshal Ron Biggers said the department has had no local reports of problems, but anyone with questions should contact the department at 384-6480.CBS4 reported that the problem occurs with First Alert-BRK models 4120b or 4120sb. The models are designed to be used only with Energizer Max, Energizer 522 or Eveready 1222 batteries.A constant chirping noise can be an indication the detector is having a problem.BRK First Alert has posted a notice on its Web site that says: “When consumers replace the batteries in models 4120b and 4120sb, manufactured prior to October 2000, the recommended replacement batteries are the Eveready batteries numbered 1222 or 522.”The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is investigating but has not issued a recall. In the Denver area, the South Metro Fire Rescue Department has begun issuing replacement batteries for use in the detectors.CBS 4 is recommending that people with questions or problems: call BRK/First Alert Consumer Affairs at (800) 323-9005. see a special section of the South Metro Fire Rescue Web site for more information: http://www.southmetro.org/112_smoke%20alarms.htm. report problems to the CPSC at: http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html, or call the toll free hotline at 1-800-638-2772
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