The Columbus Division of Fire is encouraging residents to check their smoke and fire alarms due to a product recall.
The recall involves only battery-powered smoke and fire alarms manufactured by Universal Security Instruments between January 19, 2015 and July 11, 2016. They have a model number MI3050S. Columbus fire officials say there have been reports that some of those devices may have been installed without proper activation and testing. Residents are first encouraged to look for the Universal name on the alarm and a green LED either flashing or on steady. The presence of the green light indicates an AC-powered, hardwired alarm, which is not involved in the recall. Absent the green LED, residents should press the test button. If the alarm sounds, it's operating properly. If the alarm does not sound, residents should visit the company's website to register for a replacement.