How many times have you and your colleagues rushed to respond to a possible fire emergency, only to discover that the call was triggered by a false, “nuisance” alarm? You’re not alone. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 10 percent of all fire department responses are to false calls, while just 7 percent are to actual fires (medical aid calls account for the majority of responses).
These nuisance alarms are more than just an annoyance – they tie up fire department resources and may lead people to ignore the early warnings of an alarm or to remove the alarm’s batteries completely.
With this in mind, First Alert set out to create alarms that help eliminate nuisance warnings – and also prevent deliberate alarm deactivation. Featuring breakthrough anti-nuisance technology, these new Maximum Protection alarms feature a patented smoke entry system that allows smoke to have a more direct path to the photoelectric smoke sensor.
You’ll notice that the next generation of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms has a new, sleek look. Following in the footsteps of flat-screen TVs, razor thin laptops and integrated household appliances, these alarms are smaller and thinner – incorporating advanced technology with smart design.
In addition to being smaller than traditional alarms, First Alert’s Maximum Protection Smoke and Combination Smoke and CO Alarms each have a range of safety options, including models with voice warnings, escape lights and Power LED and Alarm Indicators, as well as other features.