SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories

June 19, 2008 11:00 ET

UL Warns of Counterfeit Automatic Fire Sprinklers

NORTHBROOK, IL--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is notifying consumers, distributors and property owners of automatic fire sprinklers that bear a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States and Canada. Although marked with the word "Globe," these sprinklers are not manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp. and have not been evaluated for safety by UL. This information supersedes a public notice released by UL on July 14, 2006.

Name of Products:  GL 5651  Pendent type fire sprinklers
                   GL 5661  Upright type fire sprinklers
                   GL 5626  Horizontal Sidewall fire sprinklers
                   GL 5681  Concealed type fire sprinklers

Units: Unknown quantity

Date of Manufacture:  January of 2004 to present

Manufacturer: Unknown


On the product: The word "Globe" appears on the product. Sprinklers with the counterfeit UL Mark are manufactured with a slot-head screw and Job F5 or Job FR glass bulb. Non-counterfeit UL-Listed sprinklers manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp. contain a hex-head screw and a Job G5 or F3 glass bulb.

In addition, identifiable markings are found on the counterfeit sprinklers' deflectors on the following models:

Pendent type automatic fire sprinkler

SSP, cULus in a circle, GL 5651, 2004, 155°F/68°C

Upright type automatic fire sprinkler

SSU-1, cULus in a circle, GL 5661, 2004, 155°F/68°C

Horizontal sidewall type automatic fire sprinkler

cULus in a circle, GL 5626, 2004, 155°F/68°C, Flow, Sidewall Top

Concealed type automatic fire sprinkler

cULus in a circle, GL 5681, 2006, 155°F/68°C

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What you should do: UL recommends consumers stop using these sprinkler heads and return them to the place of purchase.

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