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Nick is exactly right. While I haven’t read the instructions myself for these alarms, I was told this same information from a landlord and his electrician who ended up reading the instructions to figure out exactly this issue. I have not crossed this issue with any other detectors besides the Kidde. Then again, these are the alarms that 90% of the new construction use.
What I can’t figure out is how the alarms know it is the middle of the night to go off for false activation when there is no clock in them. There seems to be an unproportionally high number of them from the middle of the night (like midnight to 3am)