Magazine article USA TODAY

Where There's Smoke ... (What's New?)

Magazine article USA TODAY

Where There's Smoke ... (What's New?)

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* All too often, the continuation of the above title is "there's fire" That's why one of the key home safety devices for protection of one's family should be a smoke detector/alarm. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 75% of home fire deaths occur in residences with inoperable alarms or no alarm at all. It further notes that in about 25% of homes where a smoke alarm is installed, the unit may not be working due to dead or missing batteries. In addition, more than 60,000 households have had nuisance alarm activations--such as those caused by cooking smoke--a leading cause of battery removal or exasperated residents deliberately disabling the alarm.

Faced with these sobering facts, what can one do to assure that an alarm is functioning properly and remains in working condition at all times? The First Alert Ultimate Smoke Alarm from BRK Brands, Inc., Aurora, Ill., is bristling with features that make the device a lifesaver instead of a nuisance. Its smart sensing microprocessor helps recognize the difference between emergencies and nonthreatening conditions like cooking or tobacco smoke, while it incorporates dual sensors--an ionization one for flaming blazes and photoelectric for smoldering fires. The microprocessor runs a self-diagnostic check on each function every day to make sure it is working properly. Furthermore, it no longer is necessary to climb on a ladder or chair to test the alarm or poke at a button with a broomstick or other long implement to see if the batteries are still charged. …

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