KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm

My kids have been knows to sleep through the shrill sound of the smoke detector, so when I saw this at Babygadget I was fascinated. The KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarm allows you to record a personalized alarm sound: a message and instructions, in your own voice. Apparently children are more likely to wake up to this sort of alarm than a generic beep, not to mention feel comforted by the sound of your voice during a scary situation.

Which reminds me, if your children sleep in second-story bedrooms, consider purchasing a fire escape ladder and keeping it upstairs so they can climb out the window in the event of a house fire. We keep this Kidde collapsible ladder in the back of our son's closet.

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  1. Allen Knutson says

    I admit to curiosity as to whether the additional safety of having such a ladder around makes up for the number of kids abusing its existence and falling off while they’re trying to sneak in/out.

  2. Parent Hacks Editor says

    Allen: heh heh. The paragraph I wrote and then deleted before I posted this went something like this:

    We’ve had that ladder stored in my son’s room since he was a toddler, so the generic box in his closet is essentially invisible to him (ie: he’d never think to sneak out the window with it). If that’s not the case for you, I suggest keeping one in an upstairs location that’s not the kid’s room. No need to mention its presence till the kids are old enough to be taught the gravity of its misuse.

  3. Jill says

    I’ve got a ladder in a box in the back of my son’s closet too. Unfortunately, to get to it I’d probably trip over a pile of dress ups, a train/mountain toy, two boxes of clothes (too big/too small) and some miscellaneous pieces of toys and shoes scattered about. I can’t think of a better place to keep it, but whether I could get to it in an emergency remains to be seen. I’ve considered doing a family fire drill, but it hasn’t come to pass yet.

    BTW, at about 2am a few weeks ago my husband and I heard an obnoxious, electronic voice repeating “low battery”. After trying to ignore it unsuccessfully, we finally got up to investigate what idiotic toy maker had installed such an annoying device. We finally located the sound and replaced the battery on our…carbon monoxide detector.

  4. Katie says

    We purchased and returned one of these ladders. We only have a one story house but it is too much of a drop for my almost 4 year old to do on her own. After putting the ladder together we saw there is no ways she would be able to do this herself (same goes for opening the window and removing the screen). An adult would need to do it in which case the ladder is not necessary because the adult can get her out the window and to the ground.
    We did walk through everything about getting out of her room, out of the house and to the neighbor. We talked together with my daughter and the neighbor about our plans. We went over what to do if she could not get out of her room showing her how to get to the window and get it open and push on the screen but I still doubt her abilities at 4 years old to be able to do this.
    We have locks at the top of our doors because she has unlocked the doors and opened them in the past. Now we are at a toss up about locking the top door lock for safety reason- to keep her in the house to give her the ability to get out of the house if needed.

  5. CJ says

    Regarding talking about fires and doing fire escape practices with kids: Please be aware of the suggestablity of a younger child’s mind. When my older sisters were 7 and 9, my parents did a run through on fire safety. It was perfectly fine for those ages, but I was only 3 at the time; to this day (I’m in my 30s), my biggest fear is being caught in a burning building.

  6. Ashley says is selling two KidSmart Vocal Smoke Alarms for $14.99 + $5 shipping. If you aren’t familiar with woot, they sell one item per day with limited supplies of that item. I thought other parenthackers might want to know. You have until midnight 8/29/06 central time to buy or until supplies run out.

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