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Kidde 1275 120-Volt/9-Volt Battery/Electric Smoke Alarm

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Product Description

Product Description

Hardwire smoke alarm with interconnect capability ; If 1 interconnected alarm;is triggered by smoke or heat, all interconnected alarms sound an immediate warning ; Includes battery back-up.

From the Manufacturer

The Kidde Lifesaver 120-volt AC Household Current Powered Smoke and Fire Alarm With Battery Backup hooks directly into your household power system and has a battery back-up feature so that you can always feel secure. The convenient test button allows you to easily perform the weekly tests suggested by safety experts. A flashing red LED indicator and a green LED "power on" indicator allow you to monitor the proper performance of your smoke alarm. Effective fire alarms save lives, and Lifesaver products have a defective rate of less than .007%. The American Red Cross and fire departments across the country recommend that smoke alarms be replaced regularly, and with quality smoke and fire alarms from Kidde you have the products you need to keep your family safe.

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Technical Details
Part Number 1275
Item Weight9.6 ounces
Product Dimensions5.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches
Item model number1275
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
  
Additional Information
ASINB00002ND66
Shipping Weight9.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableNovember 8, 1999
  
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123 of 129 people found the following review helpful By J. Wisneski on October 19, 2007
I contacted Kidde support and spoke w/a CSR who told informed me of the following procedure to silence the annoying chirp after a battery replacement.

After you replace the battery, press and hold the test button for 5 sec. (don't push hush). The alarm will silence automatically after a few beeping cycles. Now the chirp should be gone.

Apparently pressing and holding the test button forces the alarm to check and reset the internal low battery circuitry.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By W. Murphy on September 6, 2005
From my personal experience and the other reviews here, it would seem this alarm might be more likely to have false alarms; in the manual they're called "Nuisance Alarms" ([...] is an Acrobat/PDF file).

Like others commenting here, I suspected some sort of defect (okay, so I was muttering that they were crap alarms, but it *was* 3 a.m.) or that they had some sort of magical internal clock to allow them to go off in the middle of the night.

It seems clear that (at least for me) the problem isn't a low battery "chirp", since I am very conscientious about changing the batteries (every 6 months; I even use my Dymo LetraTag to label them with the date), the "alarm condition" indicator is on, and all the units are bleeping thanks to the interconnect.

We had four years of trouble-free protection, but have had Nuisance Alarms at least once per year for the past three years. This time around, when I took down the last alarm, I found an ant crawling on it. It makes sense that early morning Nuisance Alarms would be insect-triggered. On the other hand, it was a single ant- there is no nest, and this is hardly an infestation.

On the plus side:

The alarms can be interconnected. This can be a liability, too, especially in the case of Nuisance Alarms. It does demonstrably wake you up inside a closed bedroom if there's a problem elsewhere in the house.

The alarms are powered by AC, with the battery as a backup. Sort of "belt and suspenders" plan, but the more failsafes in a safety product, the better. It also seems a little louder than strictly battery units, although this might be due to the interconnected alarms going off together.

On the minus side:

Nuisance alarms appear to be more common than average.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Collins on September 24, 2004
Same problem as everyone else. Installed them as a replacements for old alarms. After a couple of months starting getting false alarms on two different alarms. Called the 800 number and was told that the alarms had dust or bugs in them and to clean them. I told her I never had problems like this with the old ones and I had read a bunch of negative reviews on the internet. Her responce was that they were not responisible for dirt or bugs. Good old "Not our fault" customer service.

NOT RECOMMENDED. (Unless you like false alarms)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chris Kitze on September 3, 2006
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We have about ten of the Kidde 1275 smoke alarms in our house and have had the "3AM problem" since we moved into the house (when new) four years ago. Everything you read on these reviews was certainly true for us. Chirping alarms (even after replacing all batteries with new ones) and everything going off for no apparent reason in the middle of the night. At this point, I've been ripping units out of the ceiling and now have removed enough of them so only half are still installed. It's time to replace them with different units from another manufacturer -- we're all tired of losing sleep!

DO NOT buy these units unless you enjoy lots of maintenance in high places and losing sleep!!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Nickerson on December 29, 2008
My alarm has been chirping for weeks, at first just once in a while and lately it chirped constantly.

I downloaded the User Guide from this URL:

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and learned that I needed to change the battery. So I installed a 9V battery I had on hand but no joy-it still chirped.

So I called the tech. help 800 number and after a short(ish) wait I talked with a tech and related what I had tried so far. He asked if I used one of the battery types named in the User Guide. I hadn't so he asked me to use one of the recommended batteries and call back if the alarm still chirped. It seemed odd that it would be sensitive to battery brand/type but what the heck I'd already tried everything else.

So I'm pleased to report that using a Duracell 1604 will kill the chirp, chirp, chirping.

We have six Kidde 1275's throughout our house one in the basement, one in each bedroom, one in the entry and one in the upstairs hall. They all work fine and after six years (I know change battery every year) only one needed any attention at all.

Hope this helps someone.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2004
We have a new home with this model installed and now 6 months later and after 2 nights of false alarms awaking us first at 3AM and then again later, these units are now removed. We examined them (clean and no dust), changed batteries and found nothing wrong...just another night of disconcerting awakening. The builder did not leave us a manuel and neither can we find one online. I'm writing this at 2:30 AM after having found these very helpful reviews...thank you!...I can go back to bed without fear except minus detectors until we purchase new ones. Do not purchase this model!
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