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FAQs Product - Landline-Free Smoke Detection Package

What is included in the package?

The Landline-Free Smoke Detection Package includes the Age UK personal alarm pendant and base unit, two smoke detectors, set-up and installation. The one-off cost includes the first month's subscription, registration with our Emergency Resolution Centre, installation and testing. 

We will call you within one working day to arrange a suitable time and date for the installation. 

The smoke detectors have a two year manufacturer warranty. The personal alarm has a lifetime warranty. 

Do I need a telephone landline to use the Landline-Free Smoke Detector package?

No, it uses a multi-network SIM card and does not need to be connected to a telephone landline. This makes it perfect for customers that don't have a home phone or want to place the alarm base unit where there is not a telephone socket nearby.

If the Landline-Free Smoke Detector package uses a SIM card, why is there no extra call costs?

The subscription includes unlimited alarm calls, 24-hour monitoring and the SIM card. You don’t need remember to top-up the SIM card or pay any additional charges for calls. The SIM is pre-fitted so you don't need to worry about fitting it.

What happens when smoke is detected?

Our Emergency Resolution team will be alerted automatically if the smoke detector detects smoke. The Emergency Resolution will call the alarm customer to confirm the situation. If there is a fire, or if they cannot speak to the alarm customer, they will call the Fire Service immediately. 

What happens when I press my personal alarm button?

When the personal alarm button on the pendant is pressed you will be quickly connected to our 24-hour Emergency Resolution Centre. The alarm monitoring team will know who you are and where you are calling from so can direct help to you even if you are unable to speak. 

The Emergency Resolution team will get help to resolve any emergency, such as falls, cold callers or intruders by calling your emergency contacts or the emergency services. 

What does the subscription cover?

The subscription includes 24-hour monitoring by our Emergency Resolution Centres. We have three UK based Emergency Resolution Centres, so you can be confident that alarm calls will be answered any time of the day or night, 365 days of the year. You can make unlimited alarm calls in the event of any emergency. 

How do I pay for the subscription?

We recommend you pay the subscription by Direct Debit for convenience. We will provide you with a Direct Debit form to complete when we set-up your alarm.

Does the smoke detector require wiring?

There is no electrical work or wiring required. The smoke detectors automatically send a remote call to the personal alarm base unit which then calls the Emergency Resolution Centre. 

How do I set up the smoke detectors?

One of our friendly advisors will set everything up for you, test your alarm and show you how everything works. We will be in touch within one working day to arrange a suitable time and date that works best for you. There is no self installation option available because we need to test the smoke detectors so we know they will work in an emergency. 

Can I use the personal alarm in the garden?

Yes, it works up to 75 metres from the alarm base unit so you can go about your daily life knowing you can get support if it is needed. As part of the set-up process, we will ask you to test your alarm from different locations so you are confident of getting help around your home.

What is covered by the personal alarm lifetime warranty?

The personal alarm lifetime warranty covers the personal alarm pendant and base unit. If your personal alarm pendant or base unit develops a fault or stops working at any time whilst you are a customer, we will either repair or replace the equipment for you. If the pendant alarm battery needs replacing, then we'll change that too. There is no charge for this service. The smoke detectors have a two year manufacturer warranty.

How long do the smoke detector batteries last?

The smoke detectors have a battery life of 10 years. They perform a regular self test and alert our Emergency Resolution Centre if the battery is low. This means there is no need to worry about the battery running out and you not knowing.

What happens if the battery needs replacing in the smoke detectors?

The smoke detector battery cannot be replaced, there is two year warranty on smoke alarms and batteries. After 2 years we can replace the smoke detector for a £99 fee (£118.80 including VAT).

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