Customer Reviews For The Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Alarm

Overall Rating

16 Reviews
16 customers recommend this product
Thomas Bierman
April 8, 2016
Verified Purchase
Super! Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Alarm

- Easy to install ceiling bracket. - Simple connection of unit to ceiling bracket. - Very easy to change battery. - Uses one D type battery - Super Product

Thomas Poindexter
November 16, 2015
Verified Purchase
Model NO. SA710

This item works as described. It replaced my old item with just a screwdriver.

Roger Jungmeyer
July 3, 2015
Verified Purchase

Very efficient contact person. Quick delivery and exactly as ordered. Thank You

David Indermuehle
April 10, 2015
Verified Purchase
First Alert

Easy to install and works perfectly.

Ronald J. La Joie
October 13, 2014
Verified Purchase

Excelant Product Will Buy More When Ready. Also Tell My Kids About The Good Deal I Got. Thank You

Jeffrey Tibjash
September 17, 2014
Verified Purchase

Great color

MacWain Phillips
September 12, 2013
Verified Purchase
Finally, quite with food!

The tenant complaint was that the toaster oven kept setting off the smoke alarm. After reading the sensitivity discussions on Photoelectric type detectors, I installed one in the studio apartment and the false alarms stopped. Hooray, it was really a problem. Mac Phillips the Phyxer

Dawn Fosnaugh
August 19, 2013
Verified Purchase
Needed replacement

The city passed a requirement that all smoke detectors in multifamily homes be photoelectric and not ionize. This was the best price that I could find. Thank you.

angel valdivia
June 25, 2013
love it

Good product, i have 5 of them in my house

Lenore Feldman
April 19, 2013
Verified Purchase
East Brunswick

Excellent product. Easy to install.

Kim Mikitka
April 15, 2013
Verified Purchase

Very Happy with shipping and purchase

Barbara Fish
April 9, 2013
Verified Purchase
Good product

We tested our new detectors beside the older ones and they are 100 times better.

October 21, 2012
Verified Purchase
Photoelectric smoke sector is very good

Very good smoke detector ,the fast response to my order was good

Diane Nelson
October 17, 2012
Verified Purchase
Best deal smoke alarm

I needed to purchase smoke alarms for the whole house and after seeing the ratings of the First Alert brand, I purchased four. Price wise and quality wise, it was the best deal.

Randall Goldman
January 18, 2012
Verified Purchase
Just what I needed

Called the customer service number then went to the website to fill my order. This unit was exactly what I was looking for and very easy to install.

Linda OBrien
July 15, 2011
Verified Purchase

I decided to add an additional smoke alarm in my condo as the one I have is hard-wired. I am very pleased with this product.

What is the proper placement of smoke alarms?
It is important that you have the proper placement for your smoke alarms. Install your alarms at least 20 feet from appliances like furnaces and ovens, which produce combustion particles. Alarms should be at least 10 feet from high humidity areas like showers and laundry rooms, and at least 3 feet from heat/AC vents. Be sure to install a smoke alarm in each bedroom, one at the top of each stairwell, and one on every level.
My smoke alarm keeps chirping and beeping. Why does my smoke alarm chirp intermittently?
It is likely that the reason your smoke alarm keeps chirping and beeping is that the battery is low. Whenever your smoke alarm keeps chirping, replace the battery immediately.

Other reasons include: It could be a different device or appliance such as a security system, monitor, carbon monoxide alarm, or other device which has a similar low battery or alert signal. Some of the same factors that cause unwanted alarms can cause intermittent alarms: dust and insects in the alarm or power interruptions in hardwired alarms. Improper wiring on AC or AC/DC smoke alarms. AC alarms will chirp every 5 seconds if the interconnect wire is grounded. The orange interconnect wire should NEVER be grounded; it should only be used to interconnect other smoke alarms or compatible devices.

Why doesn't my smoke alarm sound when I push the test button?
It is important that you frequently test your smoke alarms. When you are testing your smoke alarm, there are a number of reasons why the alarm might not sound:
  • You may not be holding the test button down long enough. Try holding it down for up to 10 seconds (20 seconds on photoelectric models) .
  • Your battery may not be installed properly or snapped all the way in place. Even if the alarm sounded briefly when the battery touched the terminals, you still need to make sure it is snapped securely in place. If the battery is loose, in cannot power the smoke alarm properly. After installing new batteries, be sure to test your smoke detector.
  • Your AC power may not be on. AC and AC/DC units will have a power indicator light (red or green) that shines continuously when they are receiving electrical power.
  • If you have a 10-Year model, the smoke alarm may not have been properly activated. If the tab broke away before the alarm was activated, you can use a toothpick to move the switch over to test the alarm.
Why does my smoke alarm go off when I install a battery or turn on the AC power?
It is normal for smoke alarms to go off and sound briefly (up to 5-10 seconds) when you install a new battery or when they are powered up. If the alarm continues to go off and no smoke is present, the cause may be one of the following:
  • There may be insufficient battery power, try new batteries.
  • Problems with voltage or insufficient electrical power (brown out) may cause a continuous weak sounding alarm. For AC or AC/DC models, temporarily disconnect power at the service panel until the brown out is over. If you do not restore the AC power, your smoke alarms cannot warn you of a fire.
  • Incompatible warning device. If an incompatible alarm or auxiliary device is linked into a series of AC or AC/DC smoke alarms it may cause the system inadvertently go off.
My smoke alarm keeps chirping, even with a new battery. What is causing this?
There are a number of possible causes for your smoke alarm to keep chirping even with a new battery.
  • It is possible that your smoke alarm "silence" button was pushed by mistake. The alarm will now "chirp" once a minute for up to 15 minutes before resetting.
  • Are you sure it's the smoke alarm? Funny to ask, but other devices have similar low battery chirps or warning tones.
  • Your "new" batteries may not be fresh. If batteries are stored, especially in cold areas like refrigerators, they lose their charge more quickly. Always check the freshness date on the package when buying new batteries. Keep plenty of replacement batteries on hand so that you are sure to always be protected by your smoke alarms.
I lost my First Alert smoke alarm owner's manual. How can I get a new one?
First Alert smoke alarm owner's manuals are available online for download at no cost. Find your alarm in our Smoke Alarms section.
Why does the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend that home smoke alarms be replaced after 10 years?
Smoke alarms have a limited life. Although each smoke alarm and all of its parts have passed many stringent tests and are designed to be as reliable as possible, any of these parts could fail over time. Therefore, you must test the devices weekly. The unit should be replaced immediately if it is not operating properly. The performance of smoke alarms older than 10 years is simply not reliable. To ensure your family's safety, all carbon monoxide and smoke/CO combination alarms need to be replaced every 5-7 years. All smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years.

If it's time to replace your alarms, consider the NEW 10-Year Life series and never have to worry about a battery replacement for the life of the alarm.10-Year alarms are available in smoke, carbon monoxide and combination alarms.

I'm ready to change my alarm battery - what replacement batteries can I use?
Check your User's Manual or the nameplate on the back of the alarm. Different smoke detectors & CO alarms use different kinds of batteries - 9V, AA, AAA - it all depends on the particular model you have. Use quality batteries like lithium batteries - having plenty of power is worth any extra cost. Never use rechargeable batteries because they may not always provide a consistent charge.

This model is no longer available: Please see the First Alert PR700 smoke alarm for the replacement model.

First Alert's series of Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Alarms utilizes a technology that effectively reduces the number of false alarms triggered by cooking smoke and shower steam. Photoelectric Smoke Sensing Technology is incredibly efficient in distinguishing between legitimate threats from those caused by minor occurrences. A Mute Button that can silence accidental alarms and test your model's functionality has been included. This model also features an EZ Access Battery Door that removes the hassle and burden from removing your alarm from the ceiling to change its batteries.

To solidify your protection to an even greater extent, this model comes equipped with an optional theft-prevention lock that keeps others from tinkering with your alarm. The inclusion of a 9v battery and an increased emphasis on an 85db alarm add even more versatility to an alarm that's already incredibly rounded. The First Alert Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Alarm features a 10 year limited warranty and meets UL217 Standards.

This smoke and fire alarm is for you if:You want to reduce nuisance alarms like those caused by cooking fires and shower steam.You want to protect your family and the environment.

Where To Place Smoke Alarms: One in every bedroom, and at least one on every level of the home.First Alert Smoke Alarm SA710CN

* California Residents - Please Note This Alarm is Not Compliant with California State 10 Year Sealed Battery Alarm Legislation Requirements.

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