Cary Fire Department Warns of Potential Fire Hazards
- The Cary Fire Department is sharing a notification from UL warning citizens of surge protectors that may pose a fire hazard.
- The product does not comply with UL’s Safety Standards and is not authorized to bear the UL Mark for the United States or Canada.
- Citizens can find the below types of surge protectors on their HVAC disconnect, meter bases, and on AC/heating units.
Cary, NC – The Cary Fire Department is warning citizens of surge protectors that may pose a fire hazard as they do not comply with UL’s Safety Standards and are not authorized to bear the UL Mark for the United States or Canada. Over the last six years, the Cary Fire Department has responded to six fires where the fire started in or around the power disconnect. Type 2 Surge Protector, Supco Model SCM150, and Sycom Model SYC‑120/240-T2 manufactured by Sycom Surge, Inc. are believed to be sold by some heating and air-conditioning contractors and may pose a fire risk. If a device bearing one of the labels shown below is identified in your home, then contact a licensed electrician or heating and A/C contractor.
The labels on the devices display the following:
Photos of the above labels as found on the devices
There are two styles of gold holographic labels that may appear on these devices: Style 1 consists of the following information. The letters “UL” appear in a reddish-brown circle that shifts to a bluish-green depending on the viewing angle. Style 2 consists of the following information. To the right of the cULus logo will be a graphic square design.
Style 1: SPD 45DX
SURGE PROTECTIVE DEVICE
No. <followed by a letter and sequence of eight numbers>
Photos of the UL Holographic Label Styles that May Appear on the devices:
Citizens interested in a home fire inspection should contact Scott Benninghoff, Community Risk Coordinator for the Cary Fire Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 460-4958. For more information search “Fire” at www.townofcary.org.
Scott Benninghoff, Community Risk Coordinator, (919) 460-4958
Carolyn Roman, Public Information Supervisor, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240