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Old 2015-01-07, 01:34 PM
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Hello everyone,

The smoke/co detectors in our house are hardwired without battery backup. This is the first time I have had one like this, so I am a little concerned as to what happens in the event of a power failure.

After some searching, there was mention of the possibility of a central battery backup. Is anyone familiar with this?

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Can you post make and model please.?
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It's a kidde kn-cosm-ica.

Manual can be found here: http://www.kiddecanada.com/utcfs/ws-...%20English.pdf

I am sure the answer must be in there but I am by no means an electrician.

Thanks for any help,
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Not aware of a central battery option. What we did recently was to swap it out for the model with the battery in the bedroom level.

So the ibca one.

Necessary dont know. Theory is the alarms will go off before any fire burns out the wires. But if the pwer is out and you cranks up the fireplace .... Hmmm.
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It's a kidde kn-cosm-ica.

Manual can be found here: http://www.kiddecanada.com/utcfs/ws-...%20English.pdf

I am sure the answer must be in there but I am by no means an electrician.

Thanks for any help,
Phil
Page 20 says that there's a battery in there.
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When power is cut, our hard wired smoke alarms, beep. Not as loudly as an alarm but they do make a noise. Not sure if they have the capability to be a loud alarm in the event of a fire using the backup power source though.

I would imagine the best ways to back these up would be to add additional battery powered alarms either stand alone or as part of an alarm system. Same goes for carbon monoxide detectors.
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Page 20 says that there's a battery in there.
Hi Brian,

Unfortunately, that is for the other model. I opened mine up and while the compartment is there, there are no battery contacts. Just dead space.

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When power is cut, our hard wired smoke alarms, beep. Not as loudly as an alarm but they do make a noise. Not sure if they have the capability to be a loud alarm in the event of a fire using the backup power source though.

I would imagine the best ways to back these up would be to add additional battery powered alarms either stand alone or as part of an alarm system. Same goes for carbon monoxide detectors.
This model is completely silent when the power goes out. I think for the added peace of mind, I just might get the same model with the battery backup.

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Not aware of a central battery option. What we did recently was to swap it out for the model with the battery in the bedroom level.

So the ibca one.

Necessary dont know. Theory is the alarms will go off before any fire burns out the wires. But if the pwer is out and you cranks up the fireplace .... Hmmm.
Since we don't have a fireplace, I guess the only danger during a power outage would be to fall asleep with a candles lit.

For peace of mind, just like you, I am thinking of just swapping them out for the battery back up version. Or maybe a NEST?

Phil
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