What Noise In Your Home Annoys You the Most? (Giveaway)

by Jennifer Sikora

The other day I was in lounging around my home doing some much needed blogging. I was in full concentration mode, ferociously typing away on the keys of my laptop — excited that I was getting so much accomplished. And then it happened. That dreaded chirping sound from the smoke alarm letting me know that it was time to change the battery.

I totally ignored it and kept on working. I thought, surely this thing will stop chirping in a minute or two. The chirping didn’t stop at all! It just kept going and going. Frustrated, I set my laptop aside, climbed in my chair, and yanked the battery out. We didn’t have any extra batteries so I made a mental note to pick one up that evening.

The only thing — I forgot.

A few days later, I was in the kitchen cooking a yummy pot of beans for my hubby. I put them on and then went to lay down and catch me a nap. I only intended on sleeping about 30 minutes, but two hours later I was awakened to the smell of something burning and ran to see what the problem was. The kitchen was full of smoke and my beans were burnt to a crisp. Things could have been SO much worse, especially since the smoke alarm would not have worked (thanks to my removing the battery.)

In a recent study by Kidde, homeowners admitted that while aggravated by “home annoyances” such as late-night, chirping smoke alarms, they don’t see this scenario as the potentially life-threatening safety risk it actually is. I know I did not — that was until I really needed that smoke alarm.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics indicate that the primary reasons smoke alarms fail to operate in home structure fires is a missing/disconnected battery (50%) and dead/discharged battery (23%).

A chirping smoke alarm is more than just a “home annoyance” – it’s a sign that batteries need to be replaced to keep your family and whole house safe from potentially deadly fires.

This fall, Kidde is launching a line of Worry-Free Smoke Alarms, which offer a variety of benefits to the millions of Americans who rely on continuous battery-powered smoke and fire detection in their homes. The new alarms are powered by sealed-in, long-life lithium batteries for 10 years (the life of the alarm).

Kidde wants to make sure you are safe this holiday season

Kidde is giving away a two-pack Worry Free Smoke alarm set to one of our readers here at 5 Minutes for Mom. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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We are working with Kidde to help bring awareness of the dangers of removing batteries from smoke alarms and never replacing them. Thanks to Kidde and the new Worry Free Alarm, that never has to be an issue again.



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Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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1 Karen Medlin November 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm

checked when school started

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2 Stephanie November 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

My sister just had a scare the other morning with her smoke alarm too. They aren’t sure what caused it, but it went off in the wee hours of the morning. Great reminder to keep an eye on our smoke alarms.
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3 Stacey B November 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

It was a couple months ago

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4 Rebecca November 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Not a good answer, but I don’t remember. I will do it this weekend.

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5 Alisa November 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Checked all of them last week:)

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6 Jill Robson November 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm

We change the batteries in our smoke and Carbon monoxide alarms when the clocks go back and forward in the spring and fall.
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7 Ivy T November 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I checked them last month!

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8 Drina M. November 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

We actually checked them last night.

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9 Kathy November 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I have not checked them this year :(

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10 benita November 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm

A year ago August! Thanks for the reminder.

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11 Heather Hayes Panjon November 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I Checked About A Month Ago !:)

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12 Lawanna November 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

checked them a few months ago. We need to do it again. Thanks for the reminder.

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13 Leslie Marie Doser November 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I work for a non-profit firefighter newsletter and you would be amazed at how many fires there are daily that could easily be avoidable, and how many times the people didn’t have working fire detectors. I cannot stress enough how awesome this giveaway is! Thank you so much for doing this! -Leslie

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14 Leslie Marie Doser November 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Sorry, forgot…we check weekly!!

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15 Barbie November 17, 2012 at 1:55 am

I believe my husband checked our alarms when the time change. But I’d better be sure!
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16 Debbie Bashford November 17, 2012 at 6:29 am

I checked them when the clock went back and replaced the batteries

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17 Melissa P. November 17, 2012 at 7:11 am

The last time I checked mine was a few months ago. I think it is so important to have working smoking alarms.

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18 Michelle November 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

We check ours when we change our clocks (Autumn/Spring)

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19 latanya November 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

I cannot remember

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20 Garrett November 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

I relpaced the battery about a week ago.

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21 Jennifer Rote November 17, 2012 at 10:14 am

I checked when the clocks changed.

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22 diane November 17, 2012 at 10:29 am

During the fall.

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23 Stephanie Baker November 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

We checked them when we moved in at the beginning of May, just had to replace a battery in two about a month ago.

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24 Sheila K. November 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

We checked near the beginning of the month, when the time changed!

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25 Karen Lynch November 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

We just changed ours two says ago, woke up to a chirping detector 45 min before alarm.

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26 angie November 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

when we set the clocks back earlier this month

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27 DEBIJOT November 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I last checked them when we set the clocks back.

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28 Jenny November 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

We checked them last month.

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29 Michelle November 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Checked mine in July.

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30 Donna L November 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm

We check and change the batteries when we change our clocks. Twice a year.

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31 Idaho Jill November 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm

no clue. we did put some long life 9 volts in them, but haven’t checked them in a couple years, at least…whoops
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32 Tabathia B November 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I would say about 6 months ago

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33 lana November 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm

last week and changed the battery

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34 Van November 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Just checked them when we had to set the clocks back.

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35 Shari November 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Sometime this summer, I think. One of them started beeping to let us know the batteries needed to be changed, so we did the other as well.

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36 Jan Messali November 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Hmmm, I think it’s been over a year.
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37 Carole M November 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

We checked them 2 weeks ago.

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38 Chip November 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm

We replace them every January.

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39 Susan P. November 19, 2012 at 12:27 am

It’s been a while but will check them now!

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40 Cathy B*****y November 19, 2012 at 3:03 am

more than a yr. I need a new one plus have no carbon monoxide alarm either.. or radon… this would be a blessing!
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41 Heidi Daily November 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

When we set the clocks back

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42 Angela November 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

We just checked all of ours recently.

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43 Staci A November 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

We just put in a new one downstairs about 2 months ago.

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44 JoannaTopazT November 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

This is on my list to “deal with” — since even changing the batteries has not stopped our annoying beeping.

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45 christine jessamine November 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

i checked mine a few months ago

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46 Angie November 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I checked them when I moved in in May. I need to check them again!
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47 Milly B November 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

I don’t remember… it’s been months at least.

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48 CherylS22 November 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Last checked a little over 6 months ago.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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49 ANGEL JACKLYN November 24, 2012 at 7:53 am

OH GEEZ, IT SEEMS LIKE A DECADE AGO. I THINK I’LL GET RIGHT ON THAT TODAY =) THANKS FOR THE CHANE!

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50 Chuck November 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

The chirp happens at our house while taking a shower, I always have to remember to turn on the overhead fan first.

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51 Lori D. November 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

We just checked all of ours during fall back with the clocks.

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52 Sheri November 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Batteries are on my shopping list for tomorrow to update all of the alarms in our house.

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53 June November 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

I went around and checked them all about three weeks ago.

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54 Don November 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Just did when we had the fall back time change.

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55 Melissa P. December 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thank you!!!! Have a wonderful evening!!!

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