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!
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.