Friday, September 27, 2013

First Alert Canada Atom Smoke Alarm Review and Giveaway

by Elizabeth

in Product Review

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Since October is Fire Prevention Month it is a great time to think about how you and your family not only work to prevent fire in your home but also how prepared you are in case of fire.   Did you know that a working smoke alarm can reduce the chances of death in a fire by half?  Nearly 900 lives could be saved annually if every home had working smoke alarms.  Do you have a working smoke alarm in your home?
 
 
The Atom Smoke Alarm is First Alert Canada’s new Smoke and Fire Alarm which packs all the power of a photoelectric smoke alarm yet is roughly the size of an egg and features a design that will fit into any homes decor. 
 
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Aside from the aesthetics of the alarm, I loved just how loud and penetrating the siren on the alarm is.  I actually jumped when I first pressed the test button on it as I wasn’t expecting such a loud sound from such a small device.  Obviously this is perfect as you want the sound of the siren to reach the whole home when it goes off.  Definitely not an issue with this alarm!
 
The Atom smoke alarm also features micro technology with an advanced smoke entry system and a photoelectric sensor which detects both regular and smouldering fires and also reduces false alarms from activities such as regular cooking and steam from hot showers.  False alarms are a huge issue in our house, which for some reason lacks both an stove vent and a fan in the kitchen.  Our only source of ventilation in the entire kitchen area is one small window in the corner.  Our traditional fire alarm, which is located on the ceiling well past the recommended distance from the kitchen, gives constant false alarms when we are cooking, whether or not something is burning.
 
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I tested the ability of The Atom to avoid giving us false alarms by simply placing it in the centre of the kitchen up high (not its final resting spot… this was in the name of science only).  I then went about my day cooking as usual just waiting to hear it go off.  It didn’t although the alarm down the hall in the living room went off a few times.  Say goodbye to the frantic dishtowel fanning at the smoke alarm while praying your infant just stays asleep through it all.  
 
Best of all, thanks to the long life battery already installed, I am able to fit the alarm in minutes and not worry about it for a long while.
 
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We also setup the First Alert Canada Designer Series alarm, which was easy to do thanks to the sliding mounting bracket.  The Designer Series is a Maximum Protection Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm with a sleek, slim design and a photoelectric smoke sensor.
 
As I discovered during setup and testing, it features an extremely loud pre-recorded voice and location feature to alert your family to the threat of smoke or carbon monoxide.  My heart was pounding, let me tell you,  I don’t see how you could sleep through this alarm!
 
I sleep a lot easier these days thanks to both The Atom and the Designer Series alarms.  I am more than confident in their ability to warn my family of the dangers posed by a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
 
 
 
Buy it:
 
The Atom will be available in October at: Canadian Tire, Walmart, and Lowes.
 
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Win it:

One Canadian Frugal Mom Eh reader will win a First Alert Canada Prize Pack including both The Atom Smoke Alarm and The Designer Series Combination Alarm.  Giveaway ends October 18th at 11:59 pm EST.  See Giveaway Tools form for entry and T&C.

For another chance to win: In October, for Fire Safety Month, First Alert Canada will be running a sweepstakes on their Facebook page where they’ll be giving away one Atom alarm every day!

 

Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned products in order to facilitate this review

 



{ 149 comments… read them below or add one }

Darci September 27, 2013 at 10:29 am

they are smaller than an egg and have a 10 year warranty!

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Kelly A September 27, 2013 at 10:42 am

I leaned that First Alert also sells security cameras. Good to know since we are looking at installing a video security system.

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Debbie Bashford September 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

I like that it is a fraction of the size of a standard alarm and provides all the necessary protection and it looks good

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Judy C (Cowan) September 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

Learned about Zero Waste – an exciting new program that will allow Canadians to recycle their used alarms.

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Josh S September 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

I like how small they are. That is great!

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Megan Willis September 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

I love how small they are! awesome.

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Jennifer L. September 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

I learned that they support Zero Waste and will recycle your old alarm.

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Gary Lin September 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I like to be able to cycle my old alarm.

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R. Siegel September 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

How small they are,

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Michelle K September 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

First alert has been around for over 45 years

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Karen C Hill September 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I learned that you can recycle old alarms

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kathy downey September 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I like how small they are

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Mo September 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Found that they have more different products that I knew about

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jessica s September 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

zero waste makes me feel like I’m doing my (small) part!

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Victor Goguen September 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

The First Zero Waste Alarms

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tanyab79 September 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

wow a ten year warranty.

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Holly Messana September 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I love the new sleek designs of the products

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pat galas September 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

sounds like a wonderful little machine,, always need another one

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Florence C September 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Long-Life Lithium Battery Included and Easy Installation – Smart Product Clip System

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Toby September 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Learned about the Zero Waste program!

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blessedta September 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

the are commercial grade products

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Mishelle September 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I didn’t know you could but combination smoke and carbon dioxide alarms at the same time!

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loriag September 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I like their First Alert Designer Safety alarms

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Tracy S September 27, 2013 at 4:43 pm

The First Zero Waste Alarms is a great innovation for today’s world and more importantly tomorrow’s world

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Cherin Mckenzie September 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I like the recycling idea

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409cope September 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I like the Designer Safety Photoelectric Combination Alarm Offers Protection from Both Smoke and Carbon Monoxide/

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Elizabeth Matthiesen September 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I liked the wireless security camera system, sounds like a super idea to me.

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Maegan Morin September 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I would like to try their 2084DFA Fire Safe: http://www.firstalert.ca/home-safes/safes/1-hour-fire/2084DFA

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Jonnie September 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I learned that CO2 meters should not be blocked by furniture. Oops, I had one behind the couch!

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Carolle Hall September 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

That we can recycle old alarms

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Karin Dollery September 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I love their size and I love that it’s a carbon dioxide alarm as well as smoke detector.

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Vesper September 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I like their home Fire Extinguishers

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Tanis September 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I learned that you can put your old alarm in the packaging and recycle it!

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Jo-Anne Pfoh September 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I love the size that is amazing

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Henry C. September 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm

First class products from a first class company

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Steven Lee September 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I learned that you can recycle old alarms.

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Julie G. September 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I like the new sleek profile of the smoke alarms.

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J September 27, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I liked that they have a recycling program for old alarms – that’s nice.

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George G September 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm

It’s small and that’s really cool for a smoke alarm.

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Glogirl September 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I learned that “alarms should be at least 10 feet from high humidity areas like showers and laundry rooms, and at least 3 feet from heat/AC vents”.

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michelle September 27, 2013 at 11:01 pm

i learned i can recycle my old alarms

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Fan R September 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I learned that he First Alert Designer Safety alarms have a sleek new ultra thin profile keeping them discreet and almost invisible in any room.

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Jasen H September 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I learned about Zero Waste Alarms that can be recycled rather than thrown in the trash. Such a great idea!

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Lisa Smith September 27, 2013 at 11:35 pm

They have zero waste alarms

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Alison K September 27, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Checked out First Alert Canada and something I saw that I learned is “First Alert and BRK, Canada’s most trusted brands in home safety, are proud to present Zero Waste – an exciting new program that will allow Canadians to recycle their used alarms.”

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Elaine R September 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

I learned that First Alert also carries a full range of carbon monoxide alarms.

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Kimberly B September 28, 2013 at 1:12 am

I like the motion sensing light socket. Could use a couple of these!

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Dianne G. September 28, 2013 at 1:14 am

When I went to the First Alert site I found that they have been in business for over 45 years and that they have a new program that will allow Canadians to recycle their used alarms.

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Patrick September 28, 2013 at 1:56 am

hope I win! these looks great

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Carol Denny September 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

Its so small and it has a 10 year warranty!

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Cheryl September 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

I learnt about all the products that are available

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Julie bolduc September 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

Love how small they are

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Marjorie R. September 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I really like the home security systems they have. I was not aware they sold products like that.

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KittyPride September 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I like the 10 year warranty

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Stacie September 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I like that they sell wireless security cameras. I need one…we have thieves who keep breaking into our vehicles and I’d like to catch them.

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SueSueper September 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I found 1-Hour Combination Steel Fire Safe, 0.80-Cubic Feet in their store. I think that would be awesome to have.

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Lori B September 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

carbon dioxide monitor , great to have

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Gord September 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I learned that First Alert recycles their alarms and packaging.

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martina j September 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

The size and 10 years warranty

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Debbie Petch September 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I like the alarms that combat both smoke and carbon dioxide.

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Debbie W September 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Impressive!! The First Zero Waste Alarms

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Patricia R September 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I learnt that the photoelectric smoke alarm is best at detecting slow smoldering fires while the Ionization smoke alarm is best for detecting fast flaming fires.

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Cheryl Grandy September 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I learned that First Alert has a “Zero Waste” program to recycle alarms. Glad to hear it!

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Jeannette Laframboise September 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I learned that First Alert is endorsed by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and that on their site they offer a comprehensive FAQ page that answers just about every question you could think of related to their products or anything to do with fires, Carbon monoxide etc.

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Debbie F September 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I like the size.

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mrdisco September 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm

i learned the One Link systems can be connected wirelessly together

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francis September 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

The motion sensor and size

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Sarah Stickney September 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

i like that they are so small

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Lynn M September 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

That they recycle their packaging,

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caryn s September 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

i like the CO400A
Battery Powered Electrochemical Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Mute button and EZ Access Battery Door.

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ariel chiu September 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

they recycle their packaging!

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Susan Meyer September 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I like how they believe in recycling.

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Beth Rosell September 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I learned that it is a fraction of the size of regular ones and looks good

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Clifford September 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I learned that they also sell both wired and wireless security camera systems.

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Darlene Schuller September 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I learned their fire detector is very sleek and almost unnoticeable. They offer a recycling program as well for old detectors… they have a bigger variety of products then it appears.

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julie gr September 29, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I like the size and it looks modern…and most important it keeps my family safe.

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Jayne Cameron September 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I learned the size is small and that they come with a 10 year warranty.

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Lee-Ann September 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I like that First Alert is a zero waste company!

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Angela Mitchell September 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I like that they have combination photoelectric/ionization alarms.

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Elaine Buonsante September 30, 2013 at 3:19 am

First alert alarms are recyclable.

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Debbie S. September 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

They recycle and also carry carbon monoxide alarm systems

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ron September 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

small footprint

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natasha severson September 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

i love the fact that its carbon dioxide alarm as well. my mother in law insisted that we get one in our house this is a great idea!

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Viv Sluys September 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I like that they are so narrow/thin and don’t look like they are from the 60’s! Mine works fine but it sure doesn’t look nice!

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Terri O'D September 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I like the ‘Zero Waste’ In this day and age, its great to be able to recycle everything

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Barbara Hutcheson September 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Loving the 10yr warranty!

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Brandee H September 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I learned about combination alarms and the great warranty.

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Emma September 30, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I like the option that the alarm choice can be hardwired, plug-in, battery powered, or hardwired with a battery backup.

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Patricia October 1, 2013 at 12:10 am

It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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MARGARET TRAMBLE October 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

I really need to update my smoke alarm system. It is great that you have the option of battery or hardwire.

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KD October 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

They make the world’s smallest CO alarm.

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Kevin Doelle October 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

THIS is a wonderful protection

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kelly October 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

love the size

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Josie October 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm

they are so small! I love that

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Audrey Skinner October 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Like the carbon monoxide alarms.

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Kristi Renout October 2, 2013 at 8:17 am

I learned that they have a 10 year warranty!

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Jan October 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I learned they are small and less noticeable than other detectors.

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Ida Taylor Storey October 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

I really like the no waste program that First Alert has started. The more we can get recycles the better for our planet and our future generations.

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Donnas October 4, 2013 at 9:21 am

There are 2 types of smoke detectors: Ionization senses small smoke particles and Photoelectric for sensing large smoke particles. You should install one of each type on each level and in every bedroom of your home.

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Louise Gilbert October 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I leaned that First Alert also sells security cameras

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Stephanie LaPlante October 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I really like this Digital Security Safe

http://www.firstalert.ca/home-safes/safes/anti-theft/2025FA

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Lindsay Cyr October 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I learned (and also liked) that First Alert and BRK have a program called Zero Waste, which is a program that will allow Canadians to recycle their used alarms.

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ContestPatti October 6, 2013 at 12:32 am

I think the zero waste is great!

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Anna Johnson October 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

I didn’t realize smoke alarms are recyclable, good to know definitely. I also love the new design, technology and products they have now!

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michelle hebert October 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

i liked the Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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maria October 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

New program where you can recycle old alarms

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lisa bolduc October 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I didn’t know they were rechargeable fire extinguishers

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ron October 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

alarms are recyclable

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Wanda Bergman October 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I learned that alarms should be installed at least 20 feet from appliances like furnaces and ovens, which produce combustion particles.

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Guy October 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

The best thing I learned was that First Alert is a Canadian company. I’m all for that.!

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jp October 11, 2013 at 12:03 am

would love this

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ann October 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

I like the small size and that it has a 10 year warranty

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Ben H October 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I learned hoe small they are. They look great

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Kitty Cartouche October 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

I like the carbon monoxide alarms – I know I could trust one from this company!

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Sandi Tymchuk October 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

First Alert offers a “Zero Waste” recycling program.

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catcou October 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

great design

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Rosanne Robinson October 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

zero waste recycling, units are very compact & come with a 10 yr warranty

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Kristina Ziegler October 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

The zero waste is wonderful!

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Gordh October 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I learned that CO2 meters should not be shielded by other furniture etc;

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Dwayne Taylor October 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

looks cool and bet it works great

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Anne Derkat October 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I like that they are so small.

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Francine October 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I learned that they also have home safes

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Marie October 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Wow, this thing sounds great! Definitely going to have to look into getting one for the house.

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Athena October 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

They have a zero waste recycling program

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Bailey Dexter October 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

WOW! I learned that First Alert and BRK, Canada’s most trusted brands in home safety, are proud to present Zero Waste – an exciting new program that will allow Canadians to recycle their used alarms.!!!!!

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Sherry K October 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I like to be able to recycle my old smoke alarm

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jan October 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I learned they have a zero waste program so you can recycle your old alarm.

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nancy stokell October 14, 2013 at 4:19 am

10 year warranty

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penny October 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

i confirmed that my carbon dioxide system was placed correct – not on the baseboard as somebody told me but at your head height or above

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Steve Bobula October 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

features an extremely loud pre-recorded voice and location feature to alert your family to the threat of smoke or carbon monoxide

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rj snell October 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I LIKE THE VARIETY OF DESIGNS! :)

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Carolyn Flanagan October 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

i like how tiny they are!

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Ashley J October 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I love the small size, and that it comes with a 10 yyear warranty

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Aliya D. October 14, 2013 at 11:40 pm

First Alert have been helping us protect our homes and families for over 45 years (wow!). AND First Alert were first to introduce battery operated residential smoke alarms in 1976, and continue to introduce innovative technology into smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and combination alarms.

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Beth Gallinger October 14, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I like the 4 Channel Digital Wireless DVR with 7″ Screen and 2 Cameras.

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julia g October 15, 2013 at 5:44 am

I like that they will recycle your old alarm.

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Nena Sinclair October 15, 2013 at 5:52 am

I like that First Alert has a Combination Ionization / Photoelectric Smoke Alarm!

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marlene smith October 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

i like the different designs of fire detectors and the new fireextighishers we went through a bad fire and it’s good to have a detector even if it’s a small one in every room First Allert has the best product i would bot use any other

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Jo Ann Moffatt October 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I learned about Zero Waste – a program to recycle used smoke alarms.

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Aarone October 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I learned they also sell security cameras and systems

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L. Bragg October 16, 2013 at 12:41 am

Like the fact that they recycle our old alarms

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Tara Gauthier October 16, 2013 at 2:48 am

I love the warranty and the small size

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Jennifer Allen October 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

10 year warrenty

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Christy Martin October 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

I learned that there should be a carbon monoxide detector in each bedroom and currently we only have 1 in the hallway!

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Lori L October 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I`m very happy to learn that the alarms are now recyleable. Thankyou!

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Lori L. October 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I`m very excited to learn that the alarms are now being recycled.

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l p October 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm

they recycle old alarms. thanks

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MissT October 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Liked that they are doing a daily giveaway on their facebook page.

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aimee October 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

i like how small the atom one is

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