FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 1998
NEWS FROM: Fire Marshal 98-137
Nationwide recall of 8.4 million Omega brand fire sprinklers
prompts State Fire Marshal
to inform local companies of defective product
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Central Sprinkler announced on October 14, 1998 the nationwide recall of approximately 8.4 million Omega brand fire sprinklers manufactured since 1982 by Central Sprinkler Corporation and its subsidiary Central Sprinkler Company of Lansdale, PA. CPSC alleges that, on average, between 30 and 40 percent of Omegas removed from various locations across the country for testing failed to activate as they should. Omega fire sprinklers are installed in homes, schools, hospitals, dormitories, nursing homes, prisons, offices, hotels and state and federal buildings. The State Fire Marshal is notifying licensed local sprinkler companies of the defective Omega sprinklers.
Consumers should be able to determine whether their homes or other buildings are equipped with Omega fire sprinklers. On most models, consumers will be able to see three, flat, round metal disks stacked one above the other with a small space between each disk. Consumers should not attempt to unscrew the sprinkler or shut down their sprinkler system to determine if they have Omegas. Central Sprinkler Company will send consumers a packet of information to help them identify the sprinklers involved.
An Omega Sprinkler Hotline number, 1-800-896-5685, is available to assist consumers 24 hours a day.
Since Omegas may not operate in a fire, it is particularly important that consumers have at least one fully operational smoke detector on every floor of their home or building.
For additional information on the Omega fire sprinkler recall, contact Vicki Stevens of the State Fire Marshal's office at (702) 687-4290, or visit the Omega Fire Sprinkler Settlement and Recall website at http://www.omegarecall.com.