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Fire Angel Plug in Smoke Alarm £2.49 @ Tesco

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6y, 9m agoFound 6 years, 9 months ago
Just popped into tesco and spotted these plug in smoke alarms said reduced from £19.97 to £2.49, already have 2 in the house and they are great as they charge up through the light socket and are so easy to fit , i believe these are now a discontinued product so may not be in every tesco but there were quite a few here in top valley nottm.
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#1
IMHO this product is great in theory!

However I found that when attached to a dimmable hall light that's left on overnight the battery fails in 1-2 years. This isn't covered by the warranty, and after two went the same way I returned to using a conventional alarm with a built in "5 year" battery.

On a side note I was also find I was false triggering the alarm - switch hall light off, then recall something I've forgotten, switch light back on again and alarm does a "self test" waking everyone in the house!

Rufus.
14 Likes #2
As a serving firefighter i have to say that these detectors aren't reliable and have been to fires were these detectors have not operated.
This is a good reduction in price for the item and a good post, however every fire service in the UK fit smoke alarms with 10 year batteries in peoples homes absolutely FREE of charge.
Just check your local fire service website to order a free detector. Its better to get a free reliable detector fitted by the fire service than pay for a unreliable one.
#3
straycat753
As a serving firefighter i have to say that these detectors aren't reliable and have been to fires were these detectors have not operated.
This is a good reduction in price for the item and a good post, however every fire service in the UK fit smoke alarms with 10 year batteries in peoples homes absolutely FREE of charge.
Just check your local fire service website to order a free detector. Its better to get a free reliable detector fitted by the fire service than pay for a unreliable one.


cold from me for these reasons, and would prefer standalone system that can be installed anywhere
#4
Very good info re the free fire alarm - never knew that - rep added Mr Fireman
#5
straycat753
As a serving firefighter i have to say that these detectors aren't reliable and have been to fires were these detectors have not operated.
This is a good reduction in price for the item and a good post, however every fire service in the UK fit smoke alarms with 10 year batteries in peoples homes absolutely FREE of charge.
Just check your local fire service website to order a free detector. Its better to get a free reliable detector fitted by the fire service than pay for a unreliable one.


:thumbsup: Such a helpful post.
My mum recently had a free fire alarm fitted from the local fire service and at the same time they went through a few other safety checks with her etc..really useful and free of charge :thumbsup:
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As a Firefighter I would also recommend you get in touch with your local brigade. They will come out and fit smoke alarms for free, and give you fire safety advice at the same time.

Also these alarms which hang from light fittings are not as good as ones which fit directly to the ceiling. Basically smoke rises to the top of the room first, and if your smoke alarm isn't on the ceiling there is a chance that it wouldn't go off until the smoke reached that level.
#7
straycat753
As a serving firefighter i have to say that these detectors aren't reliable and have been to fires were these detectors have not operated.
This is a good reduction in price for the item and a good post, however every fire service in the UK fit smoke alarms with 10 year batteries in peoples homes absolutely FREE of charge.
Just check your local fire service website to order a free detector. Its better to get a free reliable detector fitted by the fire service than pay for a unreliable one.


Cold for these reasons. Thanks for the informative post.
#8
straycat753;6701780
As a serving firefighter i have to say that these detectors aren't reliable and have been to fires were these detectors have not operated.
This is a good reduction in price for the item and a good post, however every fire service in the UK fit smoke alarms with 10 year batteries in peoples homes absolutely FREE of charge.
Just check your local fire service website to order a free detector. Its better to get a free reliable detector fitted by the fire service than pay for a unreliable one.



rep for the good advice (and the thought of a fireman coming to fit it. Do they were full kit ):whistling:
#9
Very good fire alarm advice. Have some rep!
#10
ukmonkey2002;6702508
rep for the good advice (and the thought of a fireman coming to fit it. Do they were full kit ):whistling:
Set your house on fire first - easier number to remember and they will arrive in full kit without you having to wait for an appointment.
#11
RufusA

On a side note I was also find I was false triggering the alarm - switch hall light off, then recall something I've forgotten, switch light back on again and alarm does a "self test" waking everyone in the house!


Same in my experience.

Also I took it out and stuck it in the shed and it took months for the ****** to stop its low battery bleeping.

Great idea in principle, but I would recommend avoiding.

Update: They also look horrible unless you have a suitable shade that hides it well.
#12
maybe it's just me but i think these look horrible
#13
straycat753
As a serving firefighter i have to say that these detectors aren't reliable and have been to fires were these detectors have not operated.
This is a good reduction in price for the item and a good post, however every fire service in the UK fit smoke alarms with 10 year batteries in peoples homes absolutely FREE of charge.
Just check your local fire service website to order a free detector. Its better to get a free reliable detector fitted by the fire service than pay for a unreliable one.


Agreed, the fireangels we provide free (along with the fire safety advice) are excellent.

Anyone wanting free smoke alarms should (or anyone without any smoke detection whatsoever) should pick up the phone and ring their local firestation now.
#14
pibpob
Set your house on fire first - easier number to remember and they will arrive in full kit without you having to wait for an appointment.


if only they would arrive without there full kit on:whistling:
#15
Your lamps shade would have to be one that allows the smoke to pass through the detector.
#16
red;6703362
if only they would arrive without there full kit on:whistling:
Tsk - some people are never satisfied!
#17
straycat753
As a serving firefighter i have to say that these detectors aren't reliable and have been to fires were these detectors have not operated.
This is a good reduction in price for the item and a good post, however every fire service in the UK fit smoke alarms with 10 year batteries in peoples homes absolutely FREE of charge.
Just check your local fire service website to order a free detector. Its better to get a free reliable detector fitted by the fire service than pay for a unreliable one.


Can I just ask you what a good quality detector is to but that has a silence button - need to replcae one at the bottom of out stairs that currently has this option on it - it's close to the kitchen - thats the only reason?

Thanks
#18
You could try getting an optical detector; they're more expensive but less prone to false alarms from the invisible fumes that cooking usually produces, and apparently more sensitive to the sort of smoke usually created by house fires.
#19
the test button doesn't work on mine :(, i did manage to set it off cooking tho so it does work, but i still would like to be able to test it think i will phone and see if i can get a free one :)
#20
Agree with all points posted but I did actually buy 2 of these and for alot more than £2.49 when I moved house. My husband was working away and there were no alarms in the house so I found these easy to fit until he was back and able to fit a normal ceiling one. My thoughts were better to have these than nothing and they did the job - but as mentioned because they set off everytime you accidently swith the light on and off in quick succession it didnt take long for me to insist that my husband fitted the ceiling ones.
#21
I liked the idea of these so I bought one. Not sure if I would ever rely on it but it is bery annoying.

Even though I have put it in a light that I have to keep on at night for my youngest it never seams to have enough power and tweet tweets all the time. Sounds like I have a budgie in the house.

The other point is that it is very difficult to get a light shade to fit it because of its size and if you use the larger low energy bulbs it makes this problem even worse.

Deffinately not as good an idea as I had origionally thought.
#22
On standard smoke alarm instructions they have fairly strict installation instructions for where to position them, which is usually on the ceiling but as a last resort a wall. I'm fairly sure that having one in a plug socket a foot up from the floor in a corner of a room is far from ideal. Maybe that's why these are discontinued.
#23
straycat753
As a serving firefighter i have to say that these detectors aren't reliable and have been to fires were these detectors have not operated.
This is a good reduction in price for the item and a good post, however every fire service in the UK fit smoke alarms with 10 year batteries in peoples homes absolutely FREE of charge.
Just check your local fire service website to order a free detector. Its better to get a free reliable detector fitted by the fire service than pay for a unreliable one.


How strange - it was our local fire brigade service who fitted our house with this type of detector a few years ago, replacing the battery-powered alarm we used to have. I had no idea they were considered to be unreliable. Thanks for the warning.
#24
Homebaked
How strange - it was our local fire brigade service who fitted our house with this type of detector a few years ago, replacing the battery-powered alarm we used to have. I had no idea they were considered to be unreliable. Thanks for the warning.
Are you implying straycat,isn't a serving firefighter?:thinking:
#25
Well if it was a few years ago things might have changed. I think the most unreliable thing about smoke alarms combined with their users is that their users don't replace the batteries so anything powered from the mains, however poor, is likely to be better.
#26
GunnerGraham
Are you implying straycat,isn't a serving firefighter?:thinking:


Nope, quite the contrary. Hence the "thanks for the warning" at the end of my msg. :roll:

I was just surprised that our firebrigade was promoting them if they were considered unreliable - but this was a few years ago and perhaps they've gained a bad rep over time. I think I'll buy a battery-powered one as back up!
#27
Nope, quite the contrary. Hence the "thanks for the warning" at the end of my msg.

I was just surprised that our firebrigade was promoting them if they were considered unreliable - but this was a few years ago and perhaps they've gained a bad rep over time. I think I'll buy a battery-powered one as back up!


Please don't buy a new one get your local fire service to supply and fit one for you free of charge. When we first started fitting them several years ago they weren't very good ones, although they did work they only had 1 year batteries in them (although never the light fitting ones). We are now fitting 10 year optical smoke alarms which are toast friendly which stops them giving false alarms due to slight cooking fumes.


Can I just ask you what a good quality detector is to but that has a silence button - need to replcae one at the bottom of out stairs that currently has this option on it - it's close to the kitchen - thats the only reason?


The new ones now have a hush facility which operates via the test button. Please ring your local fire station and they will fit you a new one and if required give you advice on any concerns you may have all FREE of charge.

And yes they do come round in uniform lol.
#28

The new ones now have a hush facility which operates via the test button. Please ring your local fire station and they will fit you a new one and if required give you advice on any concerns you may have all FREE of charge.

And yes they do come round in uniform lol.


In all honesty, I guess the reason most people wouldn't do this is because they feel like they're scrounging.

Is that how the Fire Service see it?

I know they say they will come out and fit for free but is there not a bit of "Well, we'll do it for free if you really want but we would rather you gave £x to our favourite charity" or something?

I'm not having a pop, I just don't want to find out that there are only x many available and I've done an old person out of one that probably has more financial need than I?
#29
In all honesty, I guess the reason most people wouldn't do this is because they feel like they're scrounging.

Is that how the Fire Service see it?

I know they say they will come out and fit for free but is there not a bit of "Well, we'll do it for free if you really want but we would rather you gave £x to our favourite charity" or something?

I'm not having a pop, I just don't want to find out that there are only x many available and I've done an old person out of one that probably has more financial need than I?


Far from it, the smoke alarms have been budgeted for every household in the UK, this is the government intention to have every house in the UK with a working free smoke alarm. Your fire service will be more than happy to fit one for you, you would be doing us a favour as we have government targets to reach, our station alone has a target of 240 a month, and we struggle getting referals for this many :)
#30
straycat753
Far from it, the smoke alarms have been budgeted for every household in the UK, this is the government intention to have every house in the UK with a working free smoke alarm. Your fire service will be more than happy to fit one for you, you would be doing us a favour as we have government targets to reach, our station alone has a target of 240 a month, and we struggle getting referals for this many :)


Dare I say it then do you not think it might be an idea to contact Martin @ MSE?

He sends out a weekly mail which reaches over 100,000 users. If it's clearly stated in this way that it really is free, no catches, you'll get flooded!

I'll give my Fire Station a call later in the week.

Many thanks for the heads up.

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