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Photoelectric Smoke Alarms from First Alert

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As a leader in home safety for 50 years, First Alert has created ground breaking technologies while supporting codes and performance standards to help safeguard consumers from dangerous fires.

Considerable industry research around the use and response characteristics of photoelectric and ionization-type smoke alarms is fostering public policy discussions with lawmakers regarding how to provide consumers with the best protection available.

While First Alert and industry experts agree that both technologies provide adequate escape time in most residential fires, a growing movement within state legislatures and the fire service community now favors photoelectric technology.

Photoelectric technology is significantly less prone to nuisance alarms and, therefore, decreases the risk of consumers improperly disabling batteries and thus leaving a home unprotected in the event of a house fire - research studies have found that consumers - about 22 percent (in a study done by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)) - will improperly remove the battery to deactivate the alarm.

Because photoelectric smoke alarms are proven to be less prone to nuisance alarms and potential deactivations, First Alert supports their installation and is encouraging and supporting fire service administration and lawmakers to move towards the use of photoelectric smoke sensing technology as part of a comprehensive fire safety program.



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