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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-990



Replacement of Star ME-1 Dry Sprinklers in Licensed Health Care Facilities

[33 Pa.B. 2551]

   The Department of Health (Department) informs individuals who are administering licensed health care facilities, associated with health care provider organizations or involved in health care facility construction or renovation projects that a type of automatic sprinkler head is being recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the manufacturer of these sprinkler heads. The Nationwide recall involves Star ME-1 dry sprinklers manufactured from 1977--1982 by Chemetron Corporation, an inactive subsidiary of American Household, Inc., formerly known as Sunbeam Corporation, Boca Raton, FL. Although there have been no reports of malfunction involving Star ME-1 dry sprinklers manufactured by Chemetron Corporation, the CPSC has received reports of failures involving Star ME-1 dry sprinklers manufactured by other companies. If the sprinklers fail to operate properly in a fire, persons and property may be at risk. Star ME-1 sprinklers must be replaced immediately. Health care providers are directed to determine whether any of the defective sprinkler heads are installed in their facilities and to take appropriate measures to have the recalled heads replaced.

   As the State survey agency that is performing the Life Safety Code inspections for health care facilities for Federal certification and for State licensure purposes, individuals should be aware that Department inspectors will be looking for the recalled sprinkler heads during onsite inspections of facilities and for documentation indicating that good progress is being made to replace them.

   Full details about this recall program including photos and diagrams to help identify the recalled sprinkler heads and replacement procedures can be found at or by calling (888) 551-5014.

   Questions related to this notice should be directed to Peter P. Petresky, Director, Division of Safety Inspection, Department of Health, Room 922, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-1911.

   Persons with a disability who require an alternative format of this document (for example, large print, audiotape or Braille) should contact Peter Petresky at the number listed previously or for speech and/or hearing impaired persons, V/TT (717) 783-6514 or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Services at (800) 654-5984.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-990. Filed for public inspection May 23, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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