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A Golden Alarm for the Golden State: The Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm Helps Keep You Safe and Compliant with New California Laws

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Close Up Of Installing Smoke Detector At Home
The smoke alarm that’s been in your home since you bought it in 2008 has finally given up the ghost. The three different 9-volt batteries you tried to revive it with proved to be fruitless in their attempts. You decide to go to your local hardware store to get a replacement, smoke detector in hand so you know to get the same or a similar brand.

You flag down the nearest employee and ask her where the smoke alarms are. She sees the defunct detector clutched in your left hand, the blue battery plug in pad dangling from the empty slot. She slightly tilts her head to the left and softly informs you that they are no longer allowed to carry those types of alarms anymore due to a new state regulation. You blankly stare back at her, completely confused.

Far-fetched? Not in California. As of July 1, 2015, all smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors that run on replaceable batteries have been pulled from the marketplace, unavailable for sale. Instead, new regulations dictate that these particular battery-powered devices must receive their power from a sealed, 10-year battery.

This mandate is more critical than you may realize. The national Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has long stated smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years due to basic wear and tear. Yet one in every three California homes has battery-powered smoke alarms that are over a decade old. While having an older alarm may not seem like a big deal, it may become an issue with dire ramifications if it doesn’t work when it matters. This potential for critical malfunction seems especially poignant if you have younger kids in the home, as a lack of warning coupled with a child’s inability to properly assess the situation of danger on his or her own could lead to horrific consequences.

Granted, this mandate does not mean that you must immediately replace the smoke alarms in your house. The law does have a grandfather clause that allows you to run your replaceable battery alarms until they die out. However, if you know your alarms are older than 10 years, or if you don’t know the age of the alarms in your home, it would behoove you to obtain one of these new alarms, such as the Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm.

A Decade of Protection

Obviously, a Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm falls in line with the new California regulations. It boasts a sealed lithium battery that will last a decade. Yet there is more to these alarms than just compliance that makes them worth your attention. For one thing, the dedication to technological innovation that has made Kidde a leader in fire-safety technology for over 90 years is on full display with these devices. They are the only alarm on the market that contains a photoelectric sensor. This component allows it to discern when there is trouble more accurately, which reduces the number of nuisance alarms going off. As anyone who has ever installed a smoke alarm near the kitchen could tell you, this feature is a godsend. That being said, when the alarm does get erroneously tripped, a simple touch of the Worry-Free’s hush button will silence it swiftly. You can also equip the alarm with specific location-based features. For instance, you can input a voice-warning to an alarm mounted in a child’s bedroom, which may help your son or daughter grasp what is going on around him or her more efficiently.

Because each Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm has one long-lasting lithium battery inside, dealing with those annoying low battery chirps that seems to exclusively happen in the middle of the night are all but eliminated. Granted, the device will chirp when it’s ready to be replaced. Yet if you buy one now, you won’t have to worry about that happening until 2025. Let that sink in for a moment.

Additionally, a Worry-Free Smoke Alarm will save you a few bucks over its lifetime. The only thing you’ll really ever need to do in order to get the device working is to twist it into its mounting bracket. This means you won’t have to deal with replacing the device’s batteries. More to the point, this means you won’t have to worry about having to run to the store and shell out money for a replacement battery.

While all of these attributes are great reasons to consider the Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm, the real reason it is worth a look is because it will deliver when you need it to. Each device emits an 85 decibel alarm the moment that danger is detected. You or your family won’t have to worry about missing its call or not getting to safety in a timely fashion. Hopefully, you will never be in a situation where the Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm alerts you to a threatening flame. Yet should this scenario come to fruition, you can be assured that the alarm’s power will keep you protected.

The Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm is available throughout California. When it’s time to purchase one, be sure to leave your old smoke detector at home. You may get some interesting looks from the employees.

Rich Manning is a freelance writer that has been covering Orange County’s food, wine, and lifestyle scene for ten years. He currently lives in Fountain Valley with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.
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