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Smoke alarms are powered by battery or by your home's electrical system. If the smoke alarm is powered by battery, it runs on either a disposable 9-volt battery or a non-replaceable 10-year sealed lithium battery. Alarms that receive their power from your home's electrical system (hardwired alarms) usually have a back-up battery that will need to be replaced once or twice a year.
There are two types of sensing technology available. Ionization sensing alarms may detect invisible fire particles (associated with flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms. Photoelectric sensing alarms may detect visible particles (associated with smoldering fires) sooner than ionization alarms. Kidde strongly recommends that both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms be installed to help insure maximum detection of the various types of fire that can occur within the home.
There are many special features that can help protect you and your home, or make your safety products easier to maintain and operate. Many of these features are not well known by their name, so to learn more about specific features of a model, select it and view its detail page.
The Kidde P9040 smoke alarm is a battery operated smoke alarm that utilizes photoelectric sensing technology. The four (4) inch unit is smaller in diameter giving discreet design with the same quality you would expect in a Kidde manufactured product. The P9040 is powered by a 9V battery, providing continuous protection, even during power outages. This easy to install unit includes a test button to verify the detection electronics are working as intended. The alarm also includes the Hush feature, which temporarily silences nuisance alarms.
This alarm uses photoelectric sensing technology. Leading authorities recommend that both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms be installed to help ensure maximum detection of the various types of fires that can occur within the home. Ionization sensing alarms may detect invisible fire particles (associated with fast flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms. Photoelectric sensing alarms may detect visible fire particles (associated with slow smoldering fires) sooner than ionization alarms.
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