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To the test SMOKE ALARMS.

SA1 pounds 12.03, Draper (02380 266 355,

SMALLEST of the ionisation alarms tested. Detects fast-flaming fires with little smoke. It runs off a 9-volt battery (supplied), with tiny red light flashing every 45 seconds to tell you the unit is working. Test weekly by pressing button for three seconds.

EI 100BN, pounds 9.99, EI Electronics (0151 298 1588)

WITH choice of chrome or white finish, this ionisation alarm is one of the simplest from EI Electronics' range. It can be ceiling or wall-mounted and as it has a hinged cover, changing the 9-volt battery is easy. Test weekly using the centre button.

PS-101, pounds 19.99, Fire Angel (0247 623 6600, )

THE unique mains-powered FireAngel plugs into your ceiling light socket, inside the shade. Rechargeable battery means this ionisation alarm works for 60 days with no supply. Test and silence by flicking light switch. Excellent, though you're restricted to 60-watt bulbs.

Kidde, pounds 9.99, Kidde (0800 917 0722)

IDEAL for hallway or landing, this ionisation alarm has a safety light that flashes in an emergency, as well as giving loud bleeps. Runs off two 9-volt batteries, one powering the light, the other the alarm. Test and hush buttons, plus pin to prevent tampering.

SD-191H-MP, pounds 4.99,(0800 169 5560,

THIS photoelectric alarm is more sensitive at detecting smouldering fires. Operating by a 9-volt battery (included) a red LED flashes every 35 seconds to indicate the unit is working properly. Audible bleep for at least seven days when battery is low. With test button.

MM9497 twinpack, pounds 12.99, Micromark (020 8829 6354)

TWO ionisation alarms included providing greater protection from fast-flaming fires without much smoke. Both powered by 9-volt battery (supplied) and have big test buttons. Hinged covers give easy access to the battery without removing the unit. Five-year warranty.


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2006
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