First Alert Canada Atom Smoke Alarm Review and Giveaway

Last Updated on October 22, 2013

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. 
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.
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.
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.
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 thoughts on “First Alert Canada Atom Smoke Alarm Review and Giveaway

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

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

  3. 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”.

  4. 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.”

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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.!!!!!

  18. 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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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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