March 24, 2014

Counterfeit Starkin Fire Hose

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

Alert Summary

FM Approvals has been made aware of a falsified Certificate of Compliance (CoC) issued on FM Approvals’ letterhead. The document (attached as Fig. 1) has been altered to misrepresent fire hose manufactured by Starkin as FM Approved. Starkin has cooperated in FM Approvals’ investigation and claims to have no knowledge of the origin of the counterfeit CoC.

Company Identity

Starkin Safety Co., Ltd
South Qianhu Road


Lisheng, Manager Director.

Product Identity

Fire hose, woven jacket lined.


All Models as identified on the counterfeit CoC in Fig. 1.

Hazard Involved

The products described in the Certificate of Compliance in Figure 1 below have never been tested or certified as FM Approved. Since there is no evidence these products have ever been tested to the rigorous requirements of FM Approvals, we advise that use of these products present a serious property risk for the user.

Using This Product?

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

Robert Lovell

Norwood, MA, United States

+1 (1) 781-255-4820


Counterfeit Identifier

  • starkin

    Figure 1

Figure 1. Counterfeit Certificate of Compliance

This document is a falsification of an actual FM Approvals’ Certificate of Compliance. This document has been altered and misrepresents the fire hose products indicated as FM Approved. FM Approvals has not issued an FM Approval for these products. Any claims otherwise are false.