All of the battery operated smoke alarms in my house were 10 years old and in need of replacement. So I ordered and installed 7 of these in my 4 bedroom 3 story condominium. When I received them I noticed that the date of manufacture imprinted on all of them was from 2 years ago (Purchase on 1/2017, but manufactured on 3/2015). Since they come with 10 year lithium batteries and they are guaranteed for 10 years by First Alert, I phoned their customer service and asked them if I should install them or return them for current production models. They told me that they are warranted for the full 10 years from the date of purchase and not from the date of manufacture, and that if they fail before the 10 years from purchase date are up, I can just phone them, and they will replace them ASSUMING I PROVIDE DATED PROOF OF PURCHASE. So make sure you keep and file your dated proof of purchase. Installing them was a breeze, and took just a minute or two for each. Since smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years any way, buying alarms like these with 10 year batteries is certainly convenient. Combining full alarm installation as recommended (every floor and every bedroom) with a couple of new fire extinguishers is an excellent idea, and one every homeowner should do. One of my neighbor's condominiums went up in flames a couple of years ago, starting from a kitchen grease fire, and the damage totaled many tens of thousands of dollars; and the occupants had to relocate for many months while their condo was rebuilt. They were at home asleep when the fire started, and had they had smoke alarms installed, and one or more fire extinguishers - 99% of the damage would have been eliminated.
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