April 7, 2010
As you may aware there are several states have law required for Deaf who rent apartment, house, etc., are require to provide visual smoke alarm. I hope that there are more states are universal on required like one.
However, I would like to share my brief experience that I live in the apartment. Before my roommate and I move in, we request to be sure they have the visual smoke alarm install. So, they did install 4 detectors with green LED light: 2 in bedrooms, one in living room and one in hall room. I was glad that system works out well for us.
Until few months ago, there was an incident on next unit building; there was fire or accident that turn the alert and spread to other building to aware of warning. It was a late morning as we both still up. At first, we weren’t aware of the alert. Thank to my best friend, who able to hear the detector turn pretty loud as I barely can hear it. My roommate doesn’t hear anything at all. For quite time, the alert has finally stopped. Nothing serious has happen; there was just a minor incident. We’re glad that doesn’t damage well.
Suddenly, I realize there was no strobe, just sound. Be understand, there are 2 separate alarm system, one detector alert for inside house and another detector is for warning that there is fire/smoke from other building. I start being concern on how I can know if the visual smoke alarm is work properly.
ISSUES WITH SL177
At first, I thought I would need to make test to make sure to test. It’s normally that everybody should check to test for every month to make sure it works. Its very recommend from fire depart. Yet, I DO NOT see the test button around on visual smoke alarm. I have to make a quick research to find out what kind model that I thought I would find the instruction booklet on tell me how to push the test button. By the way, the model called SL177 from First Alert.
It tells me that visual smoke alarm does have the test button and I still do not see it! Yet the booklet did mention that it does have one… from the main detector that controls the all detectors. I puzzled and decide to make a request from apartment office to have them test our visual smoke detector. I was hope if they know what to do that we don’t. We need to make sure it’s work properly, even after the incident; it doesn’t appear the signal for us.
We, my roommate and I was upset that it’s third time within near 3 months, we had to make request from apartment office until they finally come and check to test the detector. Turn out; there is main detector miss!!! While that we have all four are just “sibling”. That’s why it needs the main one that control all to test. They remove one and install the correct detector only in hall room. It does have test button to click to hold for 5-second and it have AMAZING strobe in every rooms. We could be blind! That’s great.
LESSON HAS LEARN
Apartment staffs make their mistake by install all “sibling” visual smoke alarm without the main one. They may be new with detector but they didn’t read the instruction careful. It’s also our responsible; include you, to test if it’s work and report to apartment office if it doesn’t work.