BRK Electronics, Inc.Established 1967
Founded in 1967 in Aurora, Illinois, BRK Electronics is a leading worldwide manufacturer and marketer of a line of home safety products under the First Alert brand name. The first smoke detector, invented by Duane D. Pearsall in 1965, was originally designed for commercial use. BRK was the first to design smoke detectors for residential use. By 1980 First Alert brand products had become the most recognized name in smoke detection.
Through the years, BRK and First Alert continued to reinvest in research and development. The result was a series of technological breakthroughs such as the dual-chamber ionization unit and Light Test Direct battery plug contacts.
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