Updated 27 Apr 2018

Fire Smart

FS946

Bottom line: This ionisation smoke alarm is poor at detecting smouldering fires and extremely sensitive to flaming fires. It doesn't have a 10-year battery. We don't think you should buy it.

FS946
don't buy
40
Avg price

$6

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Test results

Overall score
Poor
40

Good points

  • OK to use.

But

  • Poor at detecting smouldering fires.
  • Extremely sensitivite to flaming fires.
  • Doesn't have a 10-year battery.

How we test

Overall score is based on smouldering and flaming fire sensitivity.

Good” or “OK” meant the alarm sounded quickly enough to alert you to danger.
Poor” meant the alarm took significantly longer to sound.
Extreme” sensitivity meant the alarm sounded so quickly they are more likely to issue false alarms.

Ease of use (/10) includes instructions and ease of installation.

See "About our test" for more information.

Noise is measured in a quiet room 3m from the alarm.

Price is from a March 2018 price survey.

Key data

Test results

Smouldering fire sensitivity
Poor
Flaming fire sensitivity
Extreme
Ease of use
6.5

Model

Avg price
$6
Alarm type
Ionisation
Noise (dBA)
90
Battery type
9V
Size
Standard

Features

Battery life (years)
1
Alarm life (years)
10
Warranty (yrs)
6
Hush period (min)
8
Carbon monoxide alarm
×
Alarms can be linked
No
Voice alerts
×

More Info

Availability
Bunnings only.