Any recs on smoke/fire alarms?
I have a First Alert duo photoelectric/ionization. Web makes it sound
like you really need both. But the only manufacturers of alarms are
Kidde and FA, and in both cases their duo products get lots of "false
alarm" or "product not working" reviews. Any suggestions?
I have several American Sensors (formerly Dicon) ionization detectors,
and the couple I tested for false triggering didn't go off when I put
them right in front of A/C ducts, but I don't know how sensitive they
are. When I was a kid, my parents bought Honeywell detectors because
Consumer Reports said they were the second most sensitive ones (first
were Philips/Norelco), yet they also wouldn't falsely trigger.
Apparently they were nearly identical to the detectors Honeywell
installed in their commercial alarm systems.
You really do want both photoelectric and ionization detectors because
with very smokey fires the photoelectric one will trigger in just half
the time, but for low-smoke, high flame fires they probably won't
trigger at all, so you need ionization detectors for those.
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