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Family Gard Smoke Alarm - a small price to pay
Smoke Detectors in General
Member Name: poppyash
Smoke Detectors in General
Advantages: Cheap and easy to install - SAVES LIVES!!!!!!!!!
Family Gard Smoke Alarm.
I always consider the safety of my family as paramount to anything else and as my husband is a smoker I have always been aware of the dangers involving cigarettes. However, I am also aware that fires can be caused by faulty wiring and electrical equipment and I know that if a fire starts when the family are asleep we are unlikely to smell any smoke.
I therefore already have these fire alarms installed in each of the bedrooms, the hall, lounge and dining area which is just off the kitchen. However, they are all over 3 years old and the colour of some of them has deteriorated over the years so much so that they now look shabby against my newly decorated ceilings which is why I have just purchased 5 more of these smoke alarms at £5.99 each.
I decided to get the same make as before so that they would fit exactly where the old ones have been mounted and they have served me well over the years. However, I noticed that there is now a good range of types, shapes and sizes available.
This unit is designed to be mounted on the ceiling and there are easy to follow instructions on how to do this supplied in the packaging but it does involve a little drilling and screwing. The unit is circular, white and about 14 centimetres in diameter, making it very compact and well designed. It has a 9V battery included which lasts about a year. There is an arrow on the side of the unit and the words "open here". which when pulled open releases the hinged cover which makes it very easy to replace the battery, especially if you are standing on a ladder with a replacement battery in one hand. When the battery needs replacing you hear a intermittent beeping sound to warn you that the battery is running down. The beeps get louder and more regular during the day so you can't ignore the fact that a new battery is required. There is also a test button to check the alarm is functioning and a 3 year guarantee. There is also a detailed information booklet enclosed in the packaging with interesting information on limitations and locations and what to do in case of a fire.
This smoke alarm is reasonably priced, easy to install and stylish and above all it can save lives. What a small price to pay!!!!!!!
Worth every penny.
Summary: A cheap life saver.