I'm on the Safety Committee of my highrise condo HOA (in Maryland), and our smoke alarms will be due for upgrade in about a year. I'll have time to get competitive bids.
Our Developer, now gone, installed Firex/Kidde alarms, model i4618.
The reviews on this model seem mediocre to low:
I plan to split our total order quantity, half for ionization-type, and half for photoelectric-type, so that we can get both types in every unit.
My questions to the communityare:
- Should we consider installing better makes/models altogether, rather than just upgrading the newest release of i4618? If so, which other makes/models should we consider?
- Can anyone provide some respected wholesale sources for bulk-order replacements?
- Why wouldn't local fire departments offer bulk replacements, to both support timely alarm replacement in the communities they serve, and also to help FDs' ever-constrained budgets??
Your answers and suggestions will be much appreciated!