How to Install a First Alert Fire Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector

May 9, 2019Holly Sosa

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Our family moved into our gorgeous 1920’s home last year and we’ve spent the past year remodeling and designing the home to be a safe and relaxing refuge for us. Our most recent project was to replace and update all of our smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Our home had one carbon monoxide detector and two smoke detectors making three total devices. Per safety standards, we wanted to increase our devices to one for each floor (including our finished basement level) and bedroom.

We chose First Alert 10-Year Sealed Battery Alarms with Voice Location Technology after doing some research for several reasons. We loved that the alarm doesn’t need a battery change for the entire ten year lifespan of the device because it includes a ten year sealed battery (no more late night did we forget to change the battery chirps!). Another benefit of the alarm is that it’s for both fIre and carbon monoxide, which eliminated the need to purchase and install three additional devices.

According to the a 2018 study by the Journal of Pediatrics, maternal voice alarms woke 86 to 91% of children, prompting 84 to 86% to successfully escape procedure within five minutes of the alarm’s onset. That’s compared to 53% of kids waking to the standard alarm and 51% escaping. The First Alert 10-Year Sealed Battery Alarms with Voice Location Technology uses a female voice that alerts us to danger, what type (fire or carbon monoxide), and where the danger is located, communicating clearly to my family what is happening and where to avoid. 

Installing our new alarms was a breeze. I usually leave the power tools to my husband, but for this project, I took charge. It was so easy, I did it in under five minutes. Yes. For real. That’s all it takes to ensure protection for your family. Plus, check out how rad I look wielding this drill gun.

To install, we removed our old alarm and screwed in the plate for our First Alert.

Then we lined up the edges of the alarm to the plate and turned until it was secure.

Guys, that was it. Bing. Bang. Done.

Our old alarms were yellow and horrible looking. I was really pleased with how much better these First Alert alarms looked in our home and that I didn’t have to have extra devices installed for carbon monoxide.

We can rest easy and breathe a sigh of release knowing that our home, which houses our most precious things, is protected and safe. 

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