Kidde i12040 Smoke Alarm
Kidde Smoke Alarm I9050
Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Kidde Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
*Standard retail prices as of 8/25/2019. Prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by retailer.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are not just important to your safety; they’re also legally required in most states. That’s because detecting these threats early can make all the difference in terms of your safety in the event of a fire or a gas leak.
Kidde is one of the leading manufacturers of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We like Kidde not just because it’s been in the fire safety business for over 100 years but also because it offers a wide variety of affordable and dependable detectors so you can find the right fit for your home.
Because Kidde offers such a wide range of detector options, we’ve chosen a few of our favorites for you to check out below.
|Detector name||Kidde i12040 Hardwire Smoke Alarm||Kidde Smoke Alarm I9050||Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm||Kidde Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm|
|What it looks like|
|Type||Wired smoke detector||Battery-powered smoke detector||Carbon monoxide detector||Combination smoke/CO detector|
|Power source||Wired with backup battery||1 9V battery||3 AA batteries||3 AA batteries|
|Alert type||Alarm||Alarm||Alarm||Voice alarm|
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|Kidde i12040 Hardwire Smoke Alarm||Kidde Smoke Alarm I9050||Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm||Kidde Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm|
|Wired smoke detector||Battery-powered smoke detector||Carbon monoxide detector||Combination smoke/CO detector|
|Wired with backup battery||1 9V battery||3 AA batteries||3 AA batteries|
|View on Amazon||View on Amazon||View on Amazon||View on Amazon|
Wired smoke detector
- Ionization sensor technology
- Backup battery
- Tamper resistance
- Smart hush feature
- More complicated installation
Battery-powered smoke detector
- Easy installation
- Flashing LED to show it’s active
- Affordable price
- 6-month battery life
Carbon monoxide detector
- Digital display to show CO levels in the home
- Battery operated for easy installation
- Ability to operate through power outages
- 6-month battery life
Combination smoke/CO detector
This detector kills two birds with one stone, so to speak, and it’s really simple to set up. The only downside? You’ll have to compromise a little when placing it because smoke and CO detectors are usually placed at different heights.
- Voice alarm to distinguish threats
- Two-in-one CO and smoke detection
- Hush mode to temporarily silence nuisance alarms
- Easy installation
- No ideal setup for both CO and smoke detection
Where to place smoke detectors
Even a few seconds can make a big difference if you and your family need to evacuate the house due to a fire.
Smoke detectors should be placed thoughtfully throughout the house to quickly alert you to any threats. Even a few seconds can make a big difference if you and your family need to evacuate the house due to a fire.
That being said, you’ll want to place a detector inside every bedroom, in the hallways outside bedrooms, and at least one on every level of the home. You should also place a detector in or near your kitchen and in separate rooms like your living room, den, and dining room. If you have a basement, place a detector on the ceiling and at the top of the staircase.
Where to place CO detectors
While heat and smoke rise, carbon monoxide mixes evenly into the air. Since it doesn’t collect like smoke, it’s best to place carbon monoxide detectors around knee level, which is roughly the level that people sleep at night. Sleeping is when you’re most vulnerable to carbon monoxide, so having a detector on every floor is the best way to catch any carbon monoxide in the air before it becomes dangerous for you and your family.
Make your home safer
Investing in high-quality detectors will not only keep you and your family safer, but they’ll also spare you the headache that comes with managing cheap, finicky alarms throughout your home. Whether you opt for battery-powered or hardwired detectors, Kidde’s products have a strong reputation for reliability, meaning they’ll be ready when you need them most.
Of course, if you don’t want to self-monitor for smoke and carbon monoxide, take a look at some of our favorite professionally monitored home security systems.