By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk
Health Canada is recalling the Edwards 280 Series Mechanical Heat Detector, a product used in specific indoor applications where a smoke alarm would be deemed unsuitable to detect the presence of elevated temperatures. It does not detect smoke or raise an audible alarm, but is instead installed professionally as part of a fire detection system.
In residential settings, the product is installed in kitchens, attics and garages for the purpose of property protection, but not life safety. The product must be connected to a fire alarm or security panel for monitoring and supervision, as the panel is the part of the system that drives the connected alarm signals.
Health Canada is initiating the recall because the product may fail to activate between 53.9 and 60.6 degrees Celsius as intended, causing users and central monitoring stations to not be alerted to elevated temperatures in a location, which may lead to the spread of fire. Luckily, as of Sept. 9, 2019, the company has not received any reports of incident or injuries in Canada due to the malfunction of this device.
The affected products were sold from approximately 1979 to March 2019. The company estimates that between 275,000 and 382,000 units of the affected product were sold in Canada since 2004.
Affected products are: Edwards – branded (281B-PL, 283B-PL); Interlogix (104-13, 104-15, 281B-20pkg-OEM-UTC20); Grainger P/N (1EYC2, 1EYC4); and Honeywell (281B-20pkg-OEM-UTCO1, 281B-OEM-UTC01, 283B-20pkg-OEM-UTC01).
Health Canada recommends that consumers with an affected product should contact a fire alarm professional for replacement options.
For more information, visit http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2019/70945r-eng.php.