If you are serious about the safety of your family and loved ones, you need to have at least one working smoke detector installed in your home. These inexpensive devices are what will give you those few precious moments needed to get out safely in the event of a residential fire. When shopping for a new smoke detector, you will be confronted with a wide variety of options and features. Everything from wireless interconnected models, to those with talking voice alerts. All these extra features are nice, but your primary focus should be locating a reliable model that can detect the smoke from a fire the earliest, and sound an alarm loud enough to alert an entire household.
The 5 Most Popular Smoke Detectors
- Quantity 48 - 9120B hardwired smoke alarms with battery backup; bulk pack with individual packaging
- Tamper resistant locking pins, single button silence/test and loud 85dB alarm
- 120-Volt AC power with 9-Volt battery backup (included) to keep alarm functioning during power outage
- Open mounting design for easy installation with side load battery compartment for quick replacement and interconnectable up to 18 units (12 smoke, 6 CO/heat/relay)
- 10-Year limited warranty
- Smoke Alarm with Low Battery Indicator with Ionization Sensor,Battery operated 9V battery included
- Test button verifies battery and alarm operation,Audio Alarm-85dB at 10ft
- Tamper resist pin to help prevent tampering and theft
- Low battery indicator chirps when battery needs replacement
- Kiddes smoke alarms meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent facility that tests products for compliance with widely-accepted safety standards
- Kidde Direct Wire Ionization Smoke Detector, Ac/Dc
- Fire safety starts with this AC/DC smoke detector from Kidde
- This is manufactured in China
- Hush feature temporarily silences nuisance alarms
- One touch test button tests unit's electronic circuitry
- Sealed-In Lithium Battery - Sealed-in lithium power supply; no battery replacement required over the 10 year life of the alarm. Eliminates worry about battery removal or unauthorized deactivation of alarm
- Self Activation - Alarm automatically activates when attached to the mounting bracket, HushTM - Will temporarily silence nuisance alarms and will not allow hush mode to be activated unless the unit is in alarm mode
- Alarm Memory - Rapidly flashing LED alerts user if the alarm has sounded since the last time the test/reset button was used
- End of Life Warning - Alarm chirps every 40-45 seconds indicating the alarm is in need of replacement, Tamper Resist - (when activated upon installation) effective in preventing someone from removing the unit from the mounting bracket
- Test/Reset Button - Tests unit's circuit operation and resets memory after an alarm condition occurs, LED - A flashing red indicator light with four modes of operation: standby, alarm mode, hush mode, and memory set
- Battery-powered smoke alarm with silence/test button
- Features convenient silence/test button, blinking power light, 85-decibel alarm
- Also includes side battery drawer and missing battery guard
Last update on 2017-11-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
When buying a new smoke detector, there are several features that you should make sure are present in the model you choose. The following buying guide will help you chose the correct device from the numerous brand and types that currently exist in the market.
Power Source – An important feature in a smoke detector is the power source. It can have several sources of power for it to work effectively. One power source is hard-wiring the smoke detector into your house’s wiring to power it up. This installation is done by the fire department personnel or professionals. Other smoke devices use batteries as their only source of power, which are easy to install and are useful when there is a power failure. However, you should remember that the batteries should be replaced annually to ensure it continues working perfectly. Lastly, there are detectors that have plug-in cables that use electric outlets as their power source.
Inter connectivity – You should make sure that your preferred smoke detector device can be linked to another carbon monoxide and smoke detecting devices in your house. This inter connectivity feature will ensure that in the event, one of them is triggered, every other detector in your house will be triggered and sound alarms to notify you of the impending calamity. Most new homes have smoke detector wiring done as an extra safety feature for the house. If your house does not have any wiring, some devices have wireless inter connectivity features that can easily interconnect and ensure you are always safe.
Battery Back-up – It is imperative to make sure your hard-wired and plug-in CO and smoke detectors have battery back-ups, in case there is a power failure. This is an additional security layer to ensure you will be safe at all times. These devices have notification capabilities to inform you when the batteries are low in power so that you replace quickly.
Hush Button – Effective smoke and CO alarms should have a hush button that you can press to silence its annoying notification sound after going off. This will avoid instances where you have to disable it then turn it back on because there are chances you may forget to turn it back on.
Digital Carbon Monoxide Display – A modern and effective smoke device should have a digital carbon monoxide display on its front panel to indicate the carbon monoxide concentration in the house. This will help you monitor carbon monoxide levels in the house at all times and prevent harming any children, heart patients and pregnant women living or visiting you.