Customer Reviews For The First Alert Battery Powered Smoke Alarm with Escape Light - SA304CN3

Overall Rating

36 Reviews
35 customers recommend this product
Steve OConnell
August 10, 2020
Verified Purchase

Did not get an sa304, received an sa300. Not been installed very long, but it works fine. The sa304s I received before are workin fine. Seams to be very good units

Edward J. Kudlesky II
May 30, 2020
Verified Purchase
Home owner

Excellent product, emergency lights were brighter than I thought they would be. First Alert should consider manufacturing this model in also a hard wire item

Virginia Rapplean
May 21, 2020
Verified Purchase
Lighted smoke alarm

Easily installed the smoke alarm near an exit that didnt have any alarms. I love the light so that in case there is a true fire we can find our way out. It gives me a piece of mind which important.

Kathleen McCarthy
April 24, 2020
Verified Purchase

looks good

John Bryson
March 2, 2020
Verified Purchase
Great unit

Quick install remember to read the instructions on how to test it.

David L Wendricks
January 10, 2020
Verified Purchase

5 It is working great and I had no trouble putting them up, it was easy to follow the instructions.

Corey Weiss
November 16, 2019
Verified Purchase
Great smoke detector

Works great. Product was shipped very quickly. Good, inexpensive smoke alarm.

Sara Matschke
October 10, 2019
Verified Purchase
Smoke alarm by first alert

Great basic smoke detector. We did not want one with bells and whistles, nothing hooked up to an external system. This fit the bill!

May 20, 2019
Verified Purchase
Replace those smoke alarms!

Just what I needed!

Lisa M
April 30, 2019
Verified Purchase

Needed to replace our expired detector. I had a hard time finding one with a light.

Philip Persi
April 29, 2019
Verified Purchase
First Alert Escape Light Smoke Alarm

Good product

Janean Holley
February 1, 2019
Verified Purchase
great product, wonderful service

Great product and wonderful service. Fast shipping. Impressed overall. Thanks!

October 23, 2018
Verified Purchase
time for a new one

It's been ten years so it was time for a new one. I always use First Alert detectors.

Deborah Jennings
October 8, 2018
Verified Purchase
Great product

Works fine. This purchase was a replacement for the same unit which was 10 years old. Thanks

jean feick
March 4, 2017
Verified Purchase
light smoke alarm

easy to install

Jeff stolte
September 27, 2016
Verified Purchase

light is very bright and very loud alarm. Very quick shipping. Great Product

Thomas Bierman
August 27, 2016
Verified Purchase
Escape Light Smoke Alarm

It works! Fantastic!

Thomas Bierman
April 8, 2016
Verified Purchase
Super! Escape Light Smoke Alarm

- Easy to install ceiling bracket. - Simple connection of unit to ceiling bracket. - Very easy to change battery. - Uses one D type battery - Super Product

nancy feck
March 17, 2016
Verified Purchase
like my Escape light

I now have an escape light in every room in my house. I really like the light feature. You make a very good and useful product. I feel a lot safer in my home in case of a fire. Thank You!

Rebecca P
April 14, 2015
Verified Purchase
Battery Lighted Smoke Alarm

This was just what I was looking for, loud alarm, lights well & the silence button was an added bonus for when pizza cheese falls in the oven & starts to smoke. Needed to replace two 15yr. old battery operated lighted smoke alarms, went to various home stores and nobody carried any. Glad I came to the online store, couldn't be happier with my purchase.

How often do you need to change the batteries?
Actual battery service life depends on the particular design of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm and the environment in which it is installed. All kinds of alarm batteries specified in the user's manual are acceptable replacement batteries. Regardless of the manufacturer's suggested battery life, you MUST replace the batteries immediately once the unit starts "chirping" (the "low battery warning"). It is recommended that you change the batteries in your alarms when you change your clocks for daylight saving time. Also consider replacing your current alarms with 10-Year Life Alarms that never require a costly battery replacement for the ten year life of the alarm. This 10-Year series is available in smoke, carbon monoxide and combination alarms.

What is the proper placement of smoke alarms?
It is important that you have the proper placement for your smoke alarms. Install your alarms at least 20 feet from appliances like furnaces and ovens, which produce combustion particles. Alarms should be at least 10 feet from high humidity areas like showers and laundry rooms, and at least 3 feet from heat/AC vents. Be sure to install a smoke alarm in each bedroom, one at the top of each stairwell, and one on every level.
My smoke alarm keeps chirping and beeping. Why does my smoke alarm chirp intermittently?
It is likely that the reason your smoke alarm keeps chirping and beeping is that the battery is low. Whenever your smoke alarm keeps chirping, replace the battery immediately.

Other reasons include: It could be a different device or appliance such as a security system, monitor, carbon monoxide alarm, or other device which has a similar low battery or alert signal. Some of the same factors that cause unwanted alarms can cause intermittent alarms: dust and insects in the alarm or power interruptions in hardwired alarms. Improper wiring on AC or AC/DC smoke alarms. AC alarms will chirp every 5 seconds if the interconnect wire is grounded. The orange interconnect wire should NEVER be grounded; it should only be used to interconnect other smoke alarms or compatible devices.

Why doesn't my smoke alarm sound when I push the test button?
It is important that you frequently test your smoke alarms. When you are testing your smoke alarm, there are a number of reasons why the alarm might not sound:
  • You may not be holding the test button down long enough. Try holding it down for up to 10 seconds (20 seconds on photoelectric models) .
  • Your battery may not be installed properly or snapped all the way in place. Even if the alarm sounded briefly when the battery touched the terminals, you still need to make sure it is snapped securely in place. If the battery is loose, in cannot power the smoke alarm properly. After installing new batteries, be sure to test your smoke detector.
  • Your AC power may not be on. AC and AC/DC units will have a power indicator light (red or green) that shines continuously when they are receiving electrical power.
  • If you have a 10-Year model, the smoke alarm may not have been properly activated. If the tab broke away before the alarm was activated, you can use a toothpick to move the switch over to test the alarm.
Why does my smoke alarm go off when I install a battery or turn on the AC power?
It is normal for smoke alarms to go off and sound briefly (up to 5-10 seconds) when you install a new battery or when they are powered up. If the alarm continues to go off and no smoke is present, the cause may be one of the following:
  • There may be insufficient battery power, try new batteries.
  • Problems with voltage or insufficient electrical power (brown out) may cause a continuous weak sounding alarm. For AC or AC/DC models, temporarily disconnect power at the service panel until the brown out is over. If you do not restore the AC power, your smoke alarms cannot warn you of a fire.
  • Incompatible warning device. If an incompatible alarm or auxiliary device is linked into a series of AC or AC/DC smoke alarms it may cause the system inadvertently go off.
My smoke alarm keeps chirping, even with a new battery. What is causing this?
There are a number of possible causes for your smoke alarm to keep chirping even with a new battery.
  • It is possible that your smoke alarm "silence" button was pushed by mistake. The alarm will now "chirp" once a minute for up to 15 minutes before resetting.
  • Are you sure it's the smoke alarm? Funny to ask, but other devices have similar low battery chirps or warning tones.
  • Your "new" batteries may not be fresh. If batteries are stored, especially in cold areas like refrigerators, they lose their charge more quickly. Always check the freshness date on the package when buying new batteries. Keep plenty of replacement batteries on hand so that you are sure to always be protected by your smoke alarms.
I lost my First Alert smoke alarm owner's manual. How can I get a new one?
First Alert smoke alarm owner's manuals are available online for download at no cost. Find your alarm in our Smoke Alarms section.
Why does the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend that home smoke alarms be replaced after 10 years?
Smoke alarms have a limited life. Although each smoke alarm and all of its parts have passed many stringent tests and are designed to be as reliable as possible, any of these parts could fail over time. Therefore, you must test the devices weekly. The unit should be replaced immediately if it is not operating properly. The performance of smoke alarms older than 10 years is simply not reliable. To ensure your family's safety, all carbon monoxide and smoke/CO combination alarms need to be replaced every 5-7 years. All smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years.

If it's time to replace your alarms, consider the NEW 10-Year Life series and never have to worry about a battery replacement for the life of the alarm.10-Year alarms are available in smoke, carbon monoxide and combination alarms.

I'm ready to change my alarm battery - what replacement batteries can I use?
Check your User's Manual or the nameplate on the back of the alarm. Different smoke detectors & CO alarms use different kinds of batteries - 9V, AA, AAA - it all depends on the particular model you have. Use quality batteries like lithium batteries - having plenty of power is worth any extra cost. Never use rechargeable batteries because they may not always provide a consistent charge.

Escape Light Smoke and Fire Alarm

First Alert's Escape Light Smoke Alarm comes equipped with a bright light to illuminate a clear path to assist owners in their escape. Utilizing an Ionization Smoke Sensor, this alarm performs exceptionally well in detecting smoke brought on by flaming fires. A Mute Button has been included to serve the dual purpose of silencing nuisance alarms and testing the functionality of your detector. The addition of an EZ Access Battery Door removes the hassles and burdens associated with changing your alarm's batteries. Further additions such as a Theft-Prevention Lock establish peace of mind and eliminate the thought of others tinkering with your alarm. The First Alert Escape Light Smoke Alarm features a 10 year limited warranty and meets UL217 standards.

Ionization Sensor Reliably Detects Flaming Fires

The First Alert Escape Light Smoke and Fire Alarm comes equipped with an ultra-reliable ionization sensor to provide the earliest possible warning of a fast-flaming fire. The sensor is optimized to detect flaming fires, such as those caused by paper, kitchen grease, and other fast-combusting materials.

Bright Escape Light

Escape light will activate when triggered. The First Alert’s Escape Light Smoke Alarm will create a clearer path to safety by illuminating the surrounding area.

Test and Silence Button

Mute Button has been included to serve the dual purpose of silencing nuisance alarms and testing the functionality of your alarm.

First Alert Escape Light Smoke Alarm SA304CN3

* California and New York Residents - Please note this alarm is not compliant with your State's 10 Year Sealed Battery Alarm Legislation Requirements.

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