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KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm Detector

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  • "Familiar Voice" WAKE-UP Alarm records your own message to wake up your child
  • Personalized Escape Instructions helps your child recall his escape plan to exit your home
  • LOUD 85 dbs "Familiar Voice" Output
  • Directional Speaker - adjustable so the speaker can be aimed at your child's bed
  • Fire Drill Feature - practice your escape plan with your family
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Technical Details

  • Model Number: 10012VSD

Product Description

The KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm Detector goes beyond traditional smoke alarms that cannot readily awake a sleeping child, due to their very deep sleep patterns. KidSmart is the only alarm that allows you to record a "Familiar Voice" alarm such as "Steve! Wake up!" in your own voice.

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Technical Details
Part Number 10012VSD
Item Weight1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions11.3 x 9.7 x 3.2 inches
OriginChina
Item model number10012VSD
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB0018SANVY
Best Sellers Rank #214,351 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 pounds
Date First AvailableNovember 15, 2005
  
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dennis J. Goebelt on December 16, 2012
As a professional firefighter, investigator, and code enforcer with 40 years of experience, I can tell you that most residential fires are of the slow, smoldering type. There have been a great many studies done in the past couple of years that clearly indicate that the photoelectric detector is vastly more effective in detecting residential fires than the ionization type. Several states have gone so far as to mandate this type of detector in sleeping areas! The voice alarm is proving to be very effective. But I would NEVER put the lives of my family in the hands of an ionization type detector. If you want to hedge your bet, buy a combination unit.

This product hits 2 of my "must haves". It is photoelectric, and it uses voice alert. But it misses the mark by not being capable of interconnection. Most codes require that smoke detectors be ac-powered with battery backup and that they be interconnected.

SO IF YOU ARE BUILDING A NEW HOME, THIS WOULD PROBABLY NOT MEET CODE IN YOUR AREA; BUT AS A BACKUP IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIRED PROTECTION, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE A GREAT CHOICE.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By PAL on December 17, 2007
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I watched my kids sleep through Alarm clock alarms and all kids of loud sounds in the house so when I saw a news show on how kids sleep through fire alarms it really scared me. This alarm is easy to use and easy to change the recordings. The quality of the recording is very good and the message is loud and clear.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ben on April 27, 2009
Because this alarm doesn't interconnect, a lot of fire or smoke has to be in my children's room before it goes off. It needs to have an interconnect so an initiating detector closer to the fire will cause this one in the bedroom to alarm. Because of this, it's better to use interconnected detectors with a relay to a voice evacuation system. This is costly, so I would still consider one of these voice units.

I believe the research behind these detectors, but the design ignores a lot of other things we've learned just to deliver one feature. The research that led to the voice features on this detector just assumed the alarm would go off at the first indication of fire. But if these units are in closed childrens bedrooms, they'll be the very last detectors to sound. Because they use photoelectric sensors, they will typically respond slower than ionizing sensors and especially slower to a fast flaming fire. Ionizing sensors are not necessarily better and a complete solution should include both types of detectors. Because one product cannot practically deliver all features (ionizing, photoelectric, heat, CO, voice alarm, safety light, strobe), it reinforces the benefit of interconnected alarms.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Major Ward on January 15, 2008
As a realtor, I buy these as house warming gifts for my clients with children. I give them one for each child's room. The parent of two myself, my sons have them in their rooms as well. The safety aspects of being able to record your own voice related to the fact that children react much faster to their parent's voices make this the perfect choice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mommamike on December 24, 2012
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I opened this product on Christmas Eve to record my message to discover a dirty smoke alarm with a missing battery cover and mounting bracket and another family's message recorded on the machine. When I filled out the return it could not be replaced. (not sure why because it met the qualifications of being damaged and having missing parts) Not sure I could trust somebody who sends damaged and used products out as new.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on December 20, 2012
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I bought this unit as replacement for a unit I had that recently broke. When the product arrived, it didn't arrive in the packaging as described on the site. Instead, it came in a box and the product had a price sticker on it from Job Lot for $12.00. The manufacturing label had the year 2005. There were batteries in the unit that had erosion. Needless to say, I am returning it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Webroot on November 5, 2012
THE GOOD: Loud, easy to use, record your own voice.

THE BAD: It takes a very long time for it to go off using the light the paper towell method. It took about 3 minutes for it to go off while the flame and smoke was about 1-3 inches away! That is way too long! In 3 minutes a room can be full engulfed and ready to flash!!! My other smoke alarms went off in about 20 seconds.

Note from a firefighter: It's a proven fact that children need to hear a LOUD VOICE in a smoke alarm. My daughter sleeps through her beeping alarm clock that I hear 65 feet away.

Buy a talking smoke alarm but buy a better one!!Preferably a dual ionization/photoelectric type.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Eversole on March 9, 2008
I just watched a news report with around 5 children ranging from age 1 to 13. In the report a traditional fire alarm was set off while the children were asleep. Not ONE of the children got out of bed a practiced the fire drill the parents had taught them just a week previous. Then the following week the new crew did the same experiment using an alarm similar to this one. The children got up and out. Enough said. I'm sold!!
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