Customer Reviews For The Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Alarm with Escape Light

Overall Rating

12 Reviews
12 customers recommend this product
cynthia nedved
January 1, 2016
Verified Purchase
excellent detector

This smoke detector is excellent, looks good, works great, very easy installation, getting more for each room in my house. Thank you First Alert.

Wayne Miller
September 14, 2015
Verified Purchase
Primary protection

Easy to install. Good Value.

Kenneth Noga
January 11, 2015
Verified Purchase
Great Product

Great product at a reasonable price. Now going to order some for my parent's house.

Paul Pleho
August 23, 2014
Verified Purchase

Exactly the item I requested.

Brian M.
October 23, 2013
Verified Purchase
Decent alarm.

No false hits yet. Although the light probably isnt strong enough to be of real use in a fire, its useful in quickly determining *which* alarm is sounding. I will continue to buy more of these.

Brian M.
October 20, 2013
Verified Purchase
Good basic alarm.

I like the photoelectric sensor alarms. Ive had several of these alarms in place for a few weeks and I havent had a false alarm yet. I went with this specific model for the light. The light is OK, but I question how useful it would be in a real fire as it isnt super bright what can you expect from a 9v battery? Thats OK, though, as I like the light feature mainly as a way to determine which of my alarms is sounding.

Darlene Pool
July 22, 2013
Verified Purchase
Smoke alarm

We are very satisfied with our purchase. It arrived quickly, no waiting. It seems to be a high quality product. We wouldnt hesitate to purchase again.

ray mincer
May 1, 2013
Verified Purchase

Like this added security

holly thomas
April 17, 2013
Verified Purchase

detectors are wonderful. now i feel safer.

Glenn Cooke
April 17, 2013
Verified Purchase

Very good - easy to install

holly thomas
April 12, 2013
Verified Purchase

i feel much safer in my home now that i have a much better smoke alarm

Peter Nigro
January 16, 2013
Verified Purchase

Very nice alarm, reasonable price.

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 P900E smoke alarm for the replacement model.

Battery operated smoke alarm reduces nuisance alarms from cooking smoke and shower steam due to photoelectric smoke sensing technology. Escape light illuminates a path to safety when in alarm. Mute feature silences nuisance alarms from cooking smoke or shower steam. Single button also tests alarm functions. Easy access battery drawer: no need to remove alarm from ceiling to change battery. 10-year limited warranty. Meets UL standards.

This smoke & fire alarm is for you if:You want to reduce nuisance alarms and have the added guidance and protection of a light source to assist your family in escape during fire.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 SA720CN

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

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