October 08, 2019

Counterfeit Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation GL5601 Sprinklers

  • Type of Notification: Counterfeiting
  • FM Approval Status: Not FM Approved

FM Approvals has been made aware of counterfeit automatic fire sprinklers found in the city of Yiwu in the Zhejiang province of China bearing an FM Approvals mark. FM Approvals has neither tested nor certified these products.

Product Identity: The sprinklers bear the marking "GLOBE" on the wrench boss and the sprinkler identification number (SIN) "GL5601," however, the identity of the manufacturer is unknown. Differences between the authentic sprinkler and the counterfeit sprinkler are shown in Figures 1- 3 (attached).

Description: ½" NPT frangible bulb type automatic pendent style sprinklers

FM Approval status: Not FM Approved

Hazard involved: These automatic sprinklers cannot be relied upon to react to or control a fire. Failure by any of the following mechanisms is possible: failure of the thermal element, orifice leakage, premature or delayed operation, bulb strutting (incomplete fracture), ejection of the deflector, inadequate or excessive discharge rate, corrosive attack, failure to operate, failure to produce an adequate discharge pattern, etc.

The sprinklers were not produced by Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation.

Using this product?

If you suspect you are in possession of the affected equipment listed above, bearing the FM Approvals certification marking, please bring that to the attention of:

Antonio Pires

Norwood, MA, United States

+1 (1) 781-255-4825