Northbrook, Ill., USA – March 25, 2010 – Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is notifying distributors, fire departments, regulatory agencies and authorities having jurisdiction that the pressure reducing device, identified below, bears an unauthorized UL Mark for the United States and an unauthorized ULC Mark for Canada. 

The pressure reducing device is marked with the UL and ULC Mark, "A55," "Fire Hose Valve" and "618R," however, they were not produced by the UL authorized manufacturer, Giacomini SPA. 

This product has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate standards for safety for the United States and Canada and is not authorized to bear the UL or ULC Mark. It is unknown if this product complies with the United States or Canadian safety requirements.

Name of Product:  A55 (1-1/2 Inch, 300 PSI)
Units:             Unknown                       
Manufacturer:         Unknown
Dates of Manufacture:  Unknown
Manufacturer Contact for Authorized Products:

Giacomini SpA
Via Per Alzo 39
28017 San Maurizio D’Opaglio Novara Italy
Contact: Mr. Paola Frattini

Photos of Unauthorized Pressure Reducing Device:

Model A55  1-1/2 Inch, Angle Type, Rated 300 PSI

Photos of Authentic Giacomini SPA UL and ULC Listed Pressure Reducing Device:

Model A155  1-1/2 Inch, Angle Type, Rated 175 PSI

The unauthorized pressure reducing devices are marked as 1-1/2 inch, angle type Fire Hose Valve, but are constructed as a pressure reducing device.  The unauthorized pressure reducing device utilizes cast into the valve body similar to Giacomini SPA’s UL and ULC Listed fire hose valves.

The unauthorized pressure reducing devices do not have a date code for the year of manufacture cast into the bonnet of the device.

Unauthorized                                 Authentic
No date code                                            Date code

Unauthorized                                Authentic

0, 5, 15, 20 (mm)                                    5, 10, 15