If you bought a new smoke alarm that also acts as a carbon monoxide detector recently from a Walmart or Home Depot, you might want to double check which one you purchased.
In an official statement last month, Kidde is recalling TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire. The recall states that approximately 226,000 units were sold. According to further information from the company, the combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm can fail to alert consumers to a fire.
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technologies:
-Smoke alarms are now installed in 96% of all U.S. homes
-Approximately 20% of homes with smoke alarms have non-operational smoke alarms.
-It is estimated that if every home had working smoke alarms, U.S. residential fire deaths could drop by 36%.