Update: Giveaway is now closed, but make sure you’ve checked your fire alarms in the house to make sure they are working properly! Congratulations to: Katherine W.!
It’s hard to believe but I have two friends who have lost their homes to a fire. While thankfully their families made it out safely, the loss of your home to fire is a devastating event.
While sometimes you cannot prevent a house fire, there are simple things you can do to help protect your family. The holidays are a great time of year to check the safety of your home, when houses are filled with greenery, candles, and “open fires.”
Last weekend we replaced the fifteen year old alarms in our house and installed a CO alarm as well.
Here are some fire facts from Kidde Fire Safety.
One in four older homes needs to update fire safety equipment. How old are your alarms?
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Replace CO alarms every five to 10 years, based on the model.
- Purchase an alarm with a 10-year sealed lithium battery, this will save you $40 over its life in battery costs.
Seventy-five percent of homeowners don’t know where to install smoke alarms. Do you have one on every floor, and inside/outside all bedrooms?
- Choose alarms with room-specific features, such as an LED light in the hallway, or a voice notification for the bedroom.
- Place a CO alarm near sleeping areas and on each floor. Keep them 10 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
Do your alarms incorporate the newest features and technology?
- A sealed-in 10-year lithium battery continuously powers the alarm for 10 years. It’s tamper-proof and can’t be removed.
- A digital display shows the level of CO in the air and updates the reading every 15 seconds.
- An intelligent multi-sensor responds faster to real fires and CO, plus it reduces nuisance alarms like those commonly caused by cooking.
- An end-of-life warning lets you know when to replace your alarms.
Do you need other safety products?
- Fire extinguisher – place one within reach in rooms where fires often begin: kitchen, garage, bedroom, living area.
- Escape ladder – place in second and third-floor rooms as an alternative escape route/
Have you developed a family escape plan?
- Practice it regularly. Know two ways out of every room and who will assist children and loved ones with mobility/health issues.
Do your children know their address and how to dial 911?
- Post your home address and emergency phone numbers on the refrigerator.
Are your appliances and chimney winter-ready?
- Have a professional inspect fuel-burning appliances to ensure they function properly and that they vent outside.
- Have a professional clean or inspect fireplaces annually. Birds and small animals can make nests and leaves can build up on top of the chimney, preventing carbon monoxide from venting properly.
- Have you created a 3-foot clutter free zone around fireplaces, space heaters or wood stoves?
Kidde Worry-Free smoke and CO alarms offer hassle-free protection for a decade –no need to change a battery or hear a low battery chirp. Available nationwide at retailers like The Home Depot and Walmart.
I have one fire safety package to give away to a reader which includes a digital Worry-Free CO alarm ($50 retail value), a Worry-Free Kitchen Smoke/CO alarm ($50 retail value), and two Worry-Free bedroom smoke alarms (each valued at $30)
To enter leave a comment letting me know when you replaced your smoke alarm. Giveaway ends November 27, 2013.