Fire Prevention Safety Tips



It’s National Fire Prevention Week, an ideal time to focus on fire safety and the importance of alarms. Turtle & Hughes provider Kidde offers a variety of tamper-resistant smoke, carbon monoxide (CO) and combination smoke-CO alarms to provide hassle-free, long-term protection from fire and hazardous gas.

One new product from Kidde, an “intelligent” combination smoke-and-carbon monoxide alarm, belongs to a suite of wire-free, 10-year alarms that work together to protect your household. These wirelessly interconnected alarms (battery-operated and hardwire options with battery backup are available) provide easy setup, voice alerts and glowing LED rings to indicate alarm status.

These intelligent combination alarms also eliminate the annoying late-night low-battery chirp and the need to replace batteries. As with other Kidde 10- year detectors, you won’t hear a chirp until it’s time to replace the alarm itself. Kidde detectors also use photoelectric smoke sensors aimed at reducing nuisance alarms and detecting particles associated with smoldering fires — and a hush button to quiet false alarms.


Hassle- and nuisance-free alarms can mean greater safety, and are more likely to be used and installed properly. Homes with working smoke alarms have less than half the number of fire-related deaths than homes without them.

The Importance of 10-Year Batteries

Kidde’s Worry-Free product line includes a variety of feature-rich alarms with 10-year batteries sealed to prevent removal.


Why are sealed, 10-year batteries so important?


While almost all American homes have smoke alarms, many detectors don’t work, in almost half of the cases because the batteries are missing or spent. Almost two-thirds of residential fire fatalities happen in homes with missing or disabled smoke alarms.


To combat these distressing statistics and save lives, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that smoke alarms be replaced every 10 years, and several U.S. cities and states have enacted 10-year smoke-alarm laws.


Kidde’s sealed-battery alarms make compliance easy and discourage the kind of tampering that leaves household occupants vulnerable, offering peace of mind and round-the-clock protection.

Kidde’s various models, all quick and easy to install, are tailored to specific areas. Hallway smoke detectors use path-illuminating LED lights, for example, while the intelligent kitchen combo alarm detects threats from both smoke and carbon monoxide. Bedroom smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, in addition to traditional alarms, feature a voice that announces a fire or CO hazard.


Beyond Personal Protection

Kidde’s smoke, carbon monoxide and combination alarms work well to protect not only single-family houses, but also apartments, dormitories, hotels and public housing. In fact, the 10-year sealed-battery alarms comply with New York City’s smoke-detector requirement for certain types of multifamily buildings.


Whether used in single or multifamily housing, Kidde’s sealed, 10-year alarms can help you save on battery and labor costs. Install and activate without worrying about battery replacement.

Fire Safety Best Practices

To help fortify your home or business against the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide:

• Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors on every floor.

• Don’t place detectors within 10 to 15 feet of appliances, or near vents or drafts.

• Test alarms weekly.

• Use a smoke detector in each bedroom.

• Place carbon monoxide detectors within 15 feet of sleeping areas.

Also remember to:

• Check the fire extinguisher pressure gauge each month and replace extinguishers older than 12 years or after use.

• Place fire extinguishers in easy reach on every level of the building, near exits and anywhere a fire is likely to ignite, including kitchen and garage.

• Create a fire escape plan that indicates two ways to exit every room, identifies placement of upstairs escape ladders, and includes plans for helping children and those with difficulty getting around — and practice the plan regularly with everyone who could be affected.

• Make sure exits aren’t blocked.


These tips can dramatically increase indoor fire safety, not just during Fire Prevention Week but throughout the year!

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