10 Best Fire Alarms For Homes


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The Fire alarm system provides useful life-saving information to the habitants of a building or a house when it strikes a fire-related calamity. These fire alarms utilize technology to detect smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) to give a heads-up before things go out of hand. The companies these days make voice-activated alarms which also provide information about the source of distress.

The following article lists the best fire alarms that you can buy for your homes and buildings, today.

10. Kiddie Fire Alarms For Home ($23.59)

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This Lithium battery-powered smoke alarm activates when attached to a mounting bracket. It is reliable and easy to install. It is ideal for hallways and high roofs. When in need for a battery replacement, the alarm will chirp.This unit uses ionization sensing technology for the smoke alarm which may detect invisible fire particles (associated with flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms. The Smart Hush feature has the capability of temporarily desensitizing the signal circuit for up to eight minutes. This feature is to be used only when a known alarm condition, such as smoke from cooking, activates the alarm. Additionally, the smoke alarm will automatically reset after approximately eight minutes and sound the alarm if particles of combustion are still present. This signal also contains a test mode so you can have the peace of mind that it’s working well. A flashing red indicator light shows four methods of operation: standby, alarm mode, hush mode, and memory set.

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9. Kiddie Fire Alarms For Home ($9.36)

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This unit comes in a compact size (3-7/8 inches). A flashing red LED indicates that the unit is ON and it also has a low battery indicator. The unit has an 85 DB loud alarm, and the unit comes with a 9 Volts battery.

“I tested this unit with Smoke Check, which is a spray smoke for testing smoke alarms (pushing the TEST button is for the battery, not the smoke detector function). It picked it up fairly quickly. Easy to install, not too bad looking. Overall, a good purchase at this price. I have other brands, and this one performed just as well. Kidde makes great fire products.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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8. First Alert Fire Alarms For Home ($53.72)

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This hardwired smoke and CO alarm comes with a handy 2 AA battery backup, dust cover, and silence/test button. The Exclusive voice warning identifies both the location and the types of danger (CO or smoke). This alarm can be installed and linked with up to 18 compatible devices (up to 12 smoke alarms and six compatible devices like bells, horns, and repeaters) so that when one of them triggers; all alarms sound consecutive. The alarm also features a photoelectric smoke sensor which is particularly effective at detecting slow smoldering fires.

“These were purchased to replace existing ones (same brand, same description). The older ones were eight years old, and while I would have preferred to think that they might last longer, I am happy with the way they work, and that’s the bottom line. Having had a fire in the past, it’s important to have peace of mind.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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7. First Alert Fire Alarms For Home ($19.97)

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This smoke alarm comes with a photoelectric sensor and a 9 Volts battery backup. The unit also features silence/test button, dust cover, and an 85-decibel alarm. It has an internal latching alarm indicator which identifies the location of the unit that triggers the alarm. This photo-electric sensor is more competent at detecting smoldering fires and has a locking feature to prevent hamper.  A quick plug-in power connector allows easy installation.

“My house was built using the BRK 9120B smoke alarms. A few months after moving in, they would go off in the middle of the night for no apparent reason (there were no fires). Never during the day, of course – always when I was deep asleep. Contacted BRK Customer Service and was told the 9120 was susceptible to power fluctuations and that the power companies were known to ‘do things’ in the middle of the night. To test I disconnected the electrical connection and ran on battery only for a year – no false alarms. I ordered the 7010B to replace them and so far so good. The replacement was very easy as the connection plug is the same. I did have to remove and replace the mounting ring, but that was only two screws per unit, and even then you only had to loosen the bolts.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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6. BRK Fire Alarms For Home ($11.28)

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This hardwired smoke alarm comes with a battery backup. The unit features tamper-resistant locking pins, single button silence, and a loud 85Db alarm. The unit also has an open design for easy mounting with a battery compartment on the side for quick replacement.

“My contractor installed 6 of these in our house back in 2001. In 2007 I ordered replacement units as you should replace them every so often so they are fresh. They are the easiest units to work with; they will go off, but all you have to do is twist off the unit and replace once the air clears. We replace the battery every six months to be safe. I have no issues with them; they remain quiet until I broil or the batteries are low .” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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5. First Alert Fire Alarms For Home ($28.63)

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This smoke alarm detector comes with a battery backup. The units are interlinked (if one unit triggers an alarm, all smoke alarms in the series will sound.) and are easy to install on a universal mounting bracket. The silence and test button are straightforward and easy to use. A latching alarm indicator automatically identifies which unit initiated the alarm. You can also view AC power indicator and alarm indicator light. The assembly gives a low battery warning “chirp” and missing battery tab on low battery.

“Installed 4 of these with no issues in about two years. Have accurately detected smoke from cooking. Warned of missing and low batteries.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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4. Kiddie Fire Alarms For Home ($25.57)

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This battery-operated smoke/CO detector alarm comes with a voice warning. This smart 2-in-1 voice alarm shouts  “Fire!” or “Warning! Carbon Monoxide” when detected. The nuisance alarms are silenced by pressing a silence button for false alarms. It allows quick and easy battery replacement and has LEDs for various warnings such as low battery. The unit measures 7 x 3 x 4 inches.

“It does the job. There was no smoke from something burning in my empty oven, but it smelled like there was..and this thing exclaimed “fire!” I had to look around the house to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. It was frightening, but that’s the job it is supposed to do.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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3. Kiddie Fire Alarms For Home ($12.99)

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This ionization-based smoke detector comes with a battery backup. A red LED flashes until reset for quick and precise identification of initial smoke alarm in the interconnected system. A visible low battery indicator helps locate chirping unit, and front-loading battery door makes battery changing simple. You can control the false alarms for up to 8 minutes. The alarms do their job well; are inexpensive and durable. 

“These do the job well, are relatively inexpensive and durable. Also, these are easy to install, and the design makes changing out batteries much easier than the ones they replace. They are an excellent value on quality smoke detectors.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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2. First Alert Fire Alarms For Home ($17.14)

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This dual-sensor, battery-powered, smoke and fire alarm uses both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors for optimal performance. An Intelligent sensing technology reduces non-emergency or nuisance alarms. The unit operates on 2 AA batteries (included) and detects both flaming and smoldering fires with dual sensors. It emits a loud 85 dB alarm for the warning. It is easy to install and works accurately.

“As a professional firefighter/paramedic for nearly 13 years, I see a lot of fires. I do know that most detectors out there are NOT dual sensor they are mostly only ionisation detectors that detect a flame. Remember it’s usually not the fire that will kill you, it’s the smoke and it’s deadly component carbon monoxide that will end your life. Photoelectric detectors detect these smoke particles and alert you ionisation types rarely do if it’s a slow smouldering fire. If your sleeping, by the time the ionisation sensors detect the actual flames, the smoke and the CO will most likely have already gotten to you and you, will be dead. That’s why it’s so VERY VERY important to have a dual-sensor smoke detector. This item particular item IS a dual sensor that is designed to alert you to both smouldering low-flame fires and high intensity/ rapid flame fires. This detector will protect you 100% from fire-related death/injury if used properly and placed correctly in your home. Remember to replace the battery every time you switch the clock during daylight savings time or any time the detector chirps. Always look for a photoelectric/ionisation detector and buy one. Have one in your hallway, in the main living room at the very least, and I always like to put one in each room because I am overly cautious. Also, make sure to have a B-C extinguisher on hand near the kitchen to put out kitchen grease fires the #1 cause of residential structure fires. Hopefully, you can put a small one out, but if you discharge the entire extinguisher and the fire is not out to evacuate the house immediately and make sure you or someone called 911 before exiting your home. Stay safe!” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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1. Nest Fire Alarms For Home ($99.00)

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This product is Nest’s smoke and CO alarms with battery. You can connect your Nest system to WiFi and receive an alert when the system goes off. It tells you what is causing the smoke and where. You can silence the app from the phone. The split spectrum sensor uses two wavelengths of light to look for both fast and slow burning fires. It features an impressive quality and comes with pre-installed batteries. 

“I have been using three Nest Protect smoke detectors about ten months. While they undoubtedly cost more that a conventional sensor, they provide so much more. First, it is the only smoke detector I can use in the kitchen. It does not go off just because we are backing something and open the oven door. Second, the app alerts you to alarms and warning when you are away. My teen daughter was home cooking when it started smoking, I received signal on my phone and was able to call to make sure she was alright quickly. Third, they are connected. I have one on each level in my home, and when one goes off, they all go off and tell you where the trouble is. I use the Nest product in conjunction with standard smoke detectors throughout my home. For me, the three hundred dollars for three units give me peace of mind.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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