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Kidde smoke detector 0910 . . . product build date September 2009. Purchased recently.
Home Maintenance and Structures
Home Security
Fire or Smoke Alarms (702)
UTC Fire & Security    
Kidde 0910
Mr. [REDACTED] called me with a concern that his Kidde 0910 smoke detector failed to activate in the presence of a large amount of smoke caused when a pot of hotdogs he was boiling ran dry.

While I often get similar complaints and typically explain how ionization and photo-electric smoke detectors work differently I did tell Mr. [REDACTED] that I could use a commercialized canned smoke product to test his detector . . . after he told me that Kidde had suggested he check with Home Depot where he purchased these detectors to see if they would test the detector.

Following the directions on the can of CRC Smoke Test I held the can two feet away from the detector and sprayed for 5 seconds with no results. I then sprayed a second time per the instructions for another 5 seconds with no audible alarm. I then checked to insure there was a battery in the smoke detector and tested that the alarm was receiving power and had an audible warning signal by depressing the test button to which there was a positive response.

As a control . . . I tested a BRK brand dual ionization/photo-electric smoke detector in a smiliar fashion and this detector activated within 2-3 seconds. A second test with a First Alert (BRK Brand) smoke ionization detector a little while later also activated within 2-3 seconds.

While many smoke detector issues can often be chalked up to problems with maintainance or the installation I am a little concerned as to whether this is a defective smoke detector . . . or simply a fluke in my testing methodology . . . concerned enough to send this report.
Other Public Property/Office 
Incident, No Injury
Comment from UTC Fire & Security 4/22/2011
Thank you for submitting an incident report on

Kidde’s mission is to help protect people and property from fire and its related hazards. We are committed to engineering and manufacturing quality products, which is why all of Kidde’s products meet or exceed the strict third-party standards set by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL), an independent not-for-profit testing agency.

From the description of the cooking incident provided it would appear that there was insufficient smoke to activate the alarm. However, to insure that the alarm is performing to specification, we would be willing to verify that the smoke sensitivity of the alarm is within the parameters of the applicable UL 217 standard. Please contact our customer service manager at 919-304-8282 if you would like to begin this evaluation process. After the smoke sensitivity tests are completed, we will report the results back to you.

With regard to testing the alarm with canned smoke, Kidde has a defined procedure for performing the test to insure that the test is properly performed. Our customer service manager will be sending you (the submitter) via e-mail a pdf of that Kidde test procedure. It is important that this procedure be followed in the testing of all Kidde smoke alarm models with canned smoke.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and sincerely thank you for your cooperation.

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