A nationwide recall of Omega brand fire sprinklers has begun, prompting local homeowners and building managers who have the devices to register for free replacements.
"We know of at least three local places that have these kinds of sprinklers and they have all been contacted by our office," said Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown.
Those three places were identified because the plan reviews for construction were submitted to Brown's office.
Brown said he knew of no failures of the systems in Hagerstown. Omega brand fire sprinklers have been manufactured since 1982.
The recall is part of a settlement reached in October after the Consumer Product Safety Commission filed a lawsuit last March claiming that Omega sprinklers are defective and could likely fail in a fire, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.