Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm technology improving

Two advanced combination smoke and CO alarms that are Canadian firsts have recently been introduced.

  • Oct. 14, 2012 7:00 p.m.

While your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms silently go about their business day-in and day-out—unless there is danger—the company that sells the most of these life-saving devices in Canada is busy finding ways to make them better and last longer.

Market leader Kidde says it has recently introduced two advanced combination smoke and CO alarms that are Canadian firsts.

These new “intelligent” combo alarms react more quickly to real fires while at the same time are better able to differentiate between false alarms and the real thing.

One unit is battery powered, while the other is hard-wired with a battery back up in case of a power outage.

They take direct aim at a major consumer complaint of all alarms—that they go off too easily if you burn the toast or the turkey.

For carbon monoxide alarms, consumers often find it confusing that they need to be replaced every seven years while smoke alarms need replacing every 10 years.

So in both these new Kidde combination alarms, the smoke and carbon monoxide sensors feature the same 10-year lifespan and 10-year warranty. “Innovations that make alarms smarter and last over 40 per cent longer are an industry breakthrough,” says Carol Heller, a home safety specialist at Kidde.

“We have been protecting Canadian families since 1917 and with technology advancements such as these we will continue to do so.”

More information and fire safety tips are available online at and

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