Dear Abby article from 2001 discussing need
for better smoke alarms...
can hear pitch
DEAR ABBY: I recently installed two smoke alarms in my home with
the help of an elderly gentleman friend. When the job was done,
I pushed the test button and the sound nearly knocked me off my
My friend didn't bat an eye. When I asked him if he had heard
it, his response was, "Heard what?" I asked him to put his ear
next to the alarm and pushed the button again with the same
result. I knew he couldn't hear high-pitched sounds like the
singing of birds, but the alarm was so sharp I couldn't believe
he didn't hear it.
I called the 800-number on the brochure and was told the
alarms are manufactured with only
It would seem like a simple adjustment to
make alarms with a lower pitch audible to everyone. -- Concerned
Reader, Newport, VT.
DEAR CONCERNED READER: Surely some enterprising manufacturer
will see the wisdom of producing a smoke alarm with an
adjustable tone that would make it audible to almost everyone.
Copyright 2001 Universal Press Syndicate 12/21
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