CFD experiencing brass connection thefts
by Staff Report
May 20, 2011 | 2662 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Cartersville Fire Department reported thefts aimed at brass, specifically fire department connections for fire sprinkler systems. These connections are easy targets but could cost unsuspecting occupants of the buildings.

Without the fire department connections, the fire department cannot supplement the fire sprinkler system, which could be a serious problem if a fire exceeds the sprinkler system capability, resulting in the total loss of the structure or even worse, injury or death to the occupants of these structures.

The Cartersville Fire Department, Cartersville Police Department and Bartow County Fire Department are working closely together to try and end this dangerous problem. The CFD urges all building owners that have sprinkler systems to be aware and check sprinkler connections.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Cartersville Fire Prevention Division at Cartersville Fire Headquarters, 19 N. Erwin St., Cartersville, or at 770-387-5636.

Smoke detectors from CFD authentic

Recently, the Atlanta Fire Department distributed 18,000 counterfeit smoke alarms in the last five years. AFD purchased these detectors from a distributor and was unaware they were counterfeit alarms that had not been tested and listed by Underwriters Laboratories.

After hearing of the problem, the Cartersville Fire Prevention Division confirmed that all the smoke alarms distributed by the Cartersville Fire Department were authentic. All inventories were checked and all smoke alarms are UL listed and include the proper certification labels on them.

Furthermore, the Cartersville Fire Department advises homeowners to look on the back of the smoke alarm. There should be a label with the manufactures name, model number, and a UL listing with an issue number. If it has all of these labels on it, it is probably authentic. If it has a hologram UL sticker with nothing else it is a counterfeit and should be replaced immediately. Others may have a label that says it is UL listed without the manufacturer name or issue number, these are more than likely counterfeit as well.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Cartersville Fire Prevention Division at Cartersville Fire Headquarters, 19 N. Erwin St., Cartersville, or at 770-387-5636.