Fire marshal issues advisory about purchasing smoke detectors online

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office, in conjunction with the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), has issued an advisory about online purchases of certain smoke detectors.

According to the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI), which oversees the State Fire Marshal’s Office, some of the smoke detectors available online are not tested to nationally-recognized standards.

Claire Marsalis, TDCI Assistant Director of Communications, said, “The products in question are smoke alarms that are being sold on certain online retail sites, such as Amazon. These alarms have not been sent to a recognized third party testing laboratory to be tested against U.S. nationally accepted safety standards.”

Marsalis continued, “If you’re shopping online for smoking detectors, avoid those items, they may not be as safe as you think they are.”

NASFM says three brands of smoke detectors, available online, have been identified as lacking third-party testing: X-Sense, Arikon and Bovon.

“We want to stress that these are not smoke alarms that you would find at [brick and mortar] stores, where you traditionally would buy smoke alarms: your local hardware store, the big box store, the chain stores. This issue is specifically with alarms that are being sold on online retails sites,” Marsalis said.

According to NASFM, when buying smoke detectors, consumers should buy detectors carrying labels from Underwriter Laboratories (UL) or Intertek/ETL, the two largest independent safety testing companies for electrical products. Both labels indicate the smoke detector has been properly tested to national safety standards.

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