It’s a potentially fatal (and far too common) scenario…an otherwise functional smoke alarm is rendered ineffective when a homeowner, annoyed by frequent “nuisance” alarms, deliberately deactivates the device. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), while nearly all U.S. households have at least one smoke alarm installed, in a startling one-fifth of these homes, none are working – most often due to missing batteries and intentional deactivation. The consequences can be tragic with almost two-thirds of home fire deaths each year occurring in properties without working smoke alarms*.
Unfortunately, I must say I am guilty of the above. The first two places my husband and I lived were small apartments and in both the smoke alarm always was going off, we got to the point we just left it off the wall. I know what you’re thinking! I would never do that now but how horrible was that! I was young at the time and thankfully now I would never take that chance!
In case you didn’t know October was Fire Prevention Month, in honor of this First Alert sent me a new Smoke & Fire Alarm. Of course I already have a smoke alarm in my house, but did you know they should be replaced every 10 years? I had no idea! Also, it is recommended to have an alarm on every floor of your home and one in every bedroom.
Deciding where to put my new Smoke Alarm wasn’t hard, we have one alarm in the hallway which is right outside of all 3 of our bedrooms and we used to have one downstairs but it quit working shortly after we moved in and we just never thought of replacing it. Right away I knew I needed to put my new alarm downstairs!
I received the Photoelectric Smoke Alarm with Silence. Here are some great features of this alarm-
This Battery Operated Photoelectric Smoke Alarm detects slow burning fires, which cause a greater risk of smoke inhalation and reduce nuisance alarms from cooking smoke and shower steam. The mute button silences unwanted alarms and tests alarm functions. Easy access to detector batteries means there is no need to remove the alarm from the ceiling to change the battery. It comes with a 10-year limited warranty and meets UL standards.
I love the mute button to silence false alarms and I really like the easy access to the battery! I always hated having to take the whole thing off the wall to replace the battery and then trying to get it back up! Here is a short video showing you how easy it is to use.
Buy: If you can’t remember when your Smoke alarm was installed or need a new one you can buy a Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Alarm online for $15.49 or in stores.