40000 smoke alarms recalled in Canada

A Yarnell spoke to ABC15's Justin Pazera after smoke detectors given to them by the Red Cross helped save their lives

A Yarnell spoke to ABC15's Justin Pazera after smoke detectors given to them by the Red Cross helped save their lives

According to the fire department, the alarms have a yellow cap inside that may block one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the alarm, making it unable to alert residents to a fire. "KIDDE" is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm.

Fire officials said about 452,000 Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms sold in the US may be defective.

After two deadly fires this week and a major smoke alarm recall, 22News is Working For You with how to make sure your home is protected, and it's as simple as pressing a button. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves.

The dates affected are September 10, 2016, through October 13, 2016, on both models.

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Anyone who owns one of the alarms is asked to look through its side for a yellow cap.

The smoke alarms installed by the Red Cross are not part of the CPSC recall.

Should you have a Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarm, contact Kidde to receive instructions on how to identify the presence of the yellow sensor cap and request a free replacement smoke alarm if your smoke alarm contains the yellow cap.

In addition to the 40,000 defective alarms in Canada, another 452,000 are being recalled in the United States. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

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