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Smoke Alarms and Smoke Detectors

First Alert Smoke Alarms and Smoke Detectors

One of the most important fire safety devices for the home is the smoke alarm or smoke detector. After becoming generally available in the early 1970's home smoke alarm sales grew rapidly, so that by 1991, 88% of US homes had at least one smoke detector in operation.

Several studies have concluded that when working smoke alarms are present, the chance of dying from the fire is cut in half. The smoke detectors currently in place have saved thousands of lives, but several problems exist. First, the 12% of homes without alarms have more than half of the fires; second, it is estimated that a third of the smoke alarms in place are not working, often due to failure to replace a worn out battery; and third, many homes do not have as many smoke alarms as are needed to protect the occupants properly. For added protection, check out our selection of Combination Smoke and CO Alarms or take a look at our First Alert Smoke Alarm Feature Comparison Chart to find the exact smoke alarm model you are looking for.

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First Alert Smoke and CO Protection Bundle First Alert Smoke and CO Protection Bundle
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First Alert Photoelectric Battery Operated Smoke Alarm SA710CN Bundle First Alert Photoelectric Battery Operated Smoke Alarm SA710CN Bundle
First Alert Smoke Alarm SA710CN Bundle
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First Alert Basic Battery Operated Smoke Alarm SA303CN3 Bundle First Alert Basic Battery Operated Smoke Alarm SA303CN3 Bundle
First Alert Basic Battery Operated Smoke Alarm SA303CN3 Bundle
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First Alert Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm SCO5CN Bundle First Alert Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm SCO5CN Bundle
First Alert Smoke and CO Alarm SCO5CN Bundle
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Hardwire Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Backup Hardwire Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Backup
First Alert Smoke/Monoxide Alarm SC9120B
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120VAC Hardwired Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup 120VAC Hardwired Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup
First Alert Smoke Alarm SA9120BCN
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Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
First Alert Smoke and CO Alarm SCO5CN
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First Alert Atom Photoelectric Smoke & Fire Alarm P1000 First Alert Atom Photoelectric Smoke & Fire Alarm P1000
Atom Photoelectric Smoke & Fire Alarm P1000
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Onelink Wireless Battery Operated Smoke Alarm Twin Pack Onelink Wireless Battery Operated Smoke Alarm Twin Pack
First Alert Smoke Alarm SA501CN2-3ST
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Onelink Wireless Talking Battery Operated Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Onelink Wireless Talking Battery Operated Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
First Alert Smoke/CO Alarm SCO501CN-3ST
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Smoke Alarm with Smart Sensing Technology and Nuisance Resistance Smoke Alarm with Smart Sensing Technology and Nuisance Resistance
First Alert Smoke Alarm SA320CN
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10-Year Battery Smoke Alarm 10-Year Battery Smoke Alarm
First Alert Smoke Alarm SA305CN3
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First Alert Smoke Detectors and First Alert Smoke Alarms
There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.

Ionization alarms and detectors sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs.

Photoelectric alarms and detectors are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires.

There are also combination smoke alarms that combine ionization and photoelectric into one unit, called dual sensor smoke alarms.

Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires, and because homeowners cannot predict what type of fire might start in a home, the USFA recommends the installation of both ionization and photoelectric or dual sensor smoke alarms. Additionally there are Wireless smoke detectors like the First Alert OneLink detectors that interconnect so that when one alarm goes off, all of them sound making notification much louder.

In addition to the basic types of alarms, there are smoke alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These smoke alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.

Where to Place Smoke Alarms: One in every bedroom, and at least one on every level of the home.

 
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