Smoke alarms save lives, and nobody should be without them. Yet, the annoying low-battery chirping and over-sensitivity of many others ones prompted otherwise responsible people to abandon them. If you’re one of these folks, you should take a look at the latest smoke alarm models.
These days, it’s possible to buy a smoke alarm with ten-year battery replacement intervals, so constant chirping and battery replacement have become a much less frequent chore.
But the smoke alarm industry has its work cut out for it promoting these new advances, since so many people are doing without these life-saving devices.
A recent survey from smoke alarm maker Kidde Fire Safety found that 15% of respondents in Illinois don’t have at least one smoke alarm on each floor.
Sixty two percent did not have alarms in their bedrooms.
The company – citing National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data – said half of all home fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. – when most people are asleep. This makes it especially important that these devices be installed, and maintained, in bedrooms.
Fortunately, the newest models, such as Kidde’s Worry-Free product line or the First Alert 10-Year Alarm Life Dual Sensor Smoke & Fire Alarm – make living with smoke alarms a whole lot easier.
First Alert latest 10-Year Alarm incorporates Smart Sensing Technology to deliver maximum home protection from any type of fire.
The 10-year battery and dual photoelectric and ionization sensors promise the highest level of protection against both smoldering and fast-flaming fires, while making battery removal and replacement a thing of the past.
Kidde’s Worry-Free product line offers similar performance. Kidde said it is the first UL-listed comprehensive line of smoke, carbon monoxide (CO) and combination smoke/CO alarms containing a sealed, lithium battery that lasts ten years.
At the end of its life span, the alarm notifies homeowners when it should be replaced.
Deaths from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury in the U.S., while CO poisoning is responsible for an average of 450 deaths each year.