Common Questions About First Alert Battery Operated Smoke Alarms

Where should I be installing battery operated smoke alarms?

You should be placing smoke alarms at least 20 ft. from appliances such as furnaces and ovens as these produce combustion particles. Smoke detectors should also be at least 10 ft. from high humidity areas such as bathrooms (with showers) and laundry rooms. Heating and AC vents are also capable of disrupting smoke alarms, so you’ll generally want to place them at least 3 ft. away from them. As for actual locations, it’s generally recommended that smoke alarms be installed inside each bedroom (or area where people usually sleep), just outside of bedrooms and on every level of a home. This would include basements. You’ll find that a battery powered smoke alarm allows for a little more freedom with your selection as you won’t be limited by a hardwired setup.

Why should I replace my smoke alarms every 10 years?

Every smoke alarm in your home has an expiration date. It’s something that all homeowners should be aware of as smoke and fire protection is only available with an active alarm. If you’re unsure of the time remaining on your smoke alarm, there’s an easy way to check its viability. Most smoke detectors will feature a manufacturer date printed on the back of the alarm. If it’s more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace the smoke detector. The same applies to carbon monoxide alarms. It should be noted that most co alarms expire after 7 years.

Why does my smoke alarm randomly chirp?

There can be a few factors at play here. A low battery can be responsible as the smoke detector is alerting you that it’s time for a replacement. It can also be caused by batteries being placed incorrectly in the alarm. Another common reason is when the battery drawer is left slightly open. Similarly, a battery pull-tab that’s still in place can be causing the disruption. The chirping can also be caused by pressing the silence button by mistake. This will cause your smoke alarm to chirp once a minute for up to 15 minutes before resetting.

Why should I choose a battery operated smoke alarm?

First Alert Battery Powered Smoke Detectors bypass the installation requirements of hardwired smoke alarms in favor of a swift and altogether simple process. Simply choose an appropriate area in your home that requires a smoke alarm, mount it to the wall or ceiling and check the smoke detector’s function via its test button. A majority of First Alert Battery Operated Smoke Alarms comes equipped with a 10 year battery, ensuring a decade’s worth of uninterrupted operation.

First Alert Battery Smoke Detectors

The First Alert Store offers a wide selection of battery powered smoke alarms. The availability of battery operated smoke alarms in a variety of styles opens a wealth of options to explore. First Alert Battery Operated Ionization Alarms come equipped with an ultra-reliable ionization sensor that provides the earliest possible warning of fast-flaming fires. First Alert Battery Powered Photoelectric Alarms use a sensor that’s optimized to detect larger smoke particles produced by smoldering fires. First Alert Dual Sensor Battery Operated Alarms combine both sensing technologies to provide complete smoke and fire detection. First Alert Battery Operated Combination Alarms are also available. Combination detectors are capable of searching for smoke, fire and carbon monoxide.

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