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Silent Call Signature Series Fire Alerting Kit


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Silent Call Signature Series Fire Kit

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Effective for waking up for fire emergency, daily alarm not so reliable Review by Hannah Mann
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I’ve slept through a (false) fire alarm before because I can’t hear anything without my cochlear implant on. So, since my life potentially depended on the smoke alarm aspect working, I asked a friend to trigger the Sidekick II in the wee hours of the morning by hitting the smoke detector’s ‘test’ button while I slept, in exchange for pizza.

Who wouldn’t want to wake me up at an ungodly hour for free pizza?

In other news, my friends are jerks. And surprisingly easy to pay off.

As it turns out, the Sidekick alarm is quite effective at waking me out of a deep sleep. It’s got a powerful disc shaker and the strobe comes with three flash settings. The low setting still did the trick without kicking me in the eyes, but if turning night to day and causing pets to cower under furniture is more your speed, the high setting is the way to go. In short, I’d feel very confident about my safety with the Sidekick II.

The manual could be a bit clearer; it makes the setup look a bit more complex than it really is. Basically, if you have only one smoke detector, it’s this: turn alarm on, push ‘mode’ button, set time, push mode again, set alarm, push mode once more, then set the smoke detector by hitting ‘test.’ That’s it.

Alarm and time setting is easy, too-- the buttons aren’t super-sensitive, so you can go to the exact time you need without accidentally skipping past. (Take note, Sonic Alert...)

I live in an area with lots of spring thunderstorms and a few resulting blackouts, so the battery back-up feature is very nice to have for further peace of mind.

Finally: this may have been my own oversight, but sometimes the morning wake-up alarm didn’t go off as it was supposed to. You may want to double-check and make sure your settings are correct.
(Posted on 8/5/2016)

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