Protecting your home and your family the #1 concern for most people. I think after the devastating event of Hurricane Sandy proves just how important it is to be prepared for anything. Sadly many people didn’t take this storm seriously and now find themselves without basic supplies like food, water, flashlights and batteries.
Emergencies can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s important to make sure you have all that you need to protect your home and your family. Take for example fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These are a must have for EVERY home whether you live in a tiny studio apartment or a luxurious multi-million dollar home.
On November 4th, just a few days away, it will be time to set the clocks back for Daylight Savings Time. After you are done setting your clocks back be sure to check, and replace, the batteries in your fire alarm and carbon monoxide detectors.
Did you know that this year marks the 25th Anniversary of Energizer’s annual Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program? Once again Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are once again working with local fire departments nationwide to help raise awareness on the importance of working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to help keep families safe in their homes.
Here are some scary facts – Thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes with no smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, frequently due to dead or missing batteries.* (* Fire statistics were obtained from reports by the Fire Analysis and Research Division of the National Fire Protection Association).
This year Energizer is once again working with MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.
For this year’s campaign, on October 1, 2012, one week before the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire that killed hundreds and devastated the city in 1871, the Energizer Bunny Brigade led by MLB Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. “re-created” the O’Leary barn, where by legend, the fire started at an event on the grounds of the Chicago Water Tower, the only building to survive the fire. The story goes that Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicked over a candle, starting an inferno that consumed 3.3 square miles of the city. But on this occasion, Ripken and Chicago firefighters demonstrated how advances and educational programs over the past century have made our communities safer so mass fire tragedies can be prevented.
“In the past 25 years, the number of home fire deaths has substantially decreased,” said Chief Hank Clemmensen, IAFC president and chairman of the board. . “That success is mostly thanks to the thousands of hours—every year for 25 years—that local fire departments have dedicated to improving the safety environment through technology, policy and, especially, public education efforts like the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program. But the world does not stand still, local fire department budgets are shrinking, many people still don’t have a basic baseline of protection from smoke alarms, and we must keep pace with changes in technology and the built environment, It’s still vital that homes be equipped with working smoke detectors in order to give families those critical extra seconds to escape.”
To help give more families those critical seconds, Energizer is honoring its 25th year by donating 250,000 batteries to fire departments across the country to distribute to local families in their areas and adopting 25 fire departments in 25 cities across the nation, who, in addition to batteries, will be equipped with a variety Energizer® family safety products for their department and to share in their communities. Together, they will host Home Safety Days and neighborhood canvasses spanning throughout National Fire Prevention Month in October until the end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Energizer wants to encourage everyone to check their batteries at least twice a year (most people do it when they change the clocks back or forward). They are also holding a special sweepstakes to help educate people on the importance of Fire Safety. Every day they will be giving away a special Family Safety Kit valued at $150.00. Here are the details;
From October 11 through November 4, visit the Energizer Bunny Facebook page and click on the Fire Safety Info Tab. Here you will have the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win an additional Family Safety Kit. Energizer will be giving away one Family Safety Kit per day for 25 days. Contained in the kit, valued at more than $150 is:
- One reusable grocery tote
- Two Kidde Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
- One package of Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries
- One package of Energizer MAX Batteries (AA) with Power Seal Technology – Dependable, powerful performance for the devices that help keep your family safe; now hold their charge when stored for up to 10 years
- Two Energizer flashlights
- Two Energizer Flameless Wax Candles
- One Energizer Bunny Plush Bunny
In addition you can find fire safety tips, a home escape plan that you can download and draw your family’s home escape plan, as well as a coloring and activity sheet.
The Change Your Clock Change Your Batteryprogram is just one of the many ways that Energizer brings to life the company’s commitment to making a positive impact in communities across the country. Now that’s positivenergy.
It might be a good idea to check the batteries in your flashlights at the same time you check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors too. After a serious storm like Hurricane Sandy you’ll want to be certain that your flashlights have working batteries too. The same would apply to an emergency radio if you have one of those too.
Energizer would like to give a lucky She Scribes reader a special Family Safety Kit, complete with a resuable tote bag. The kit includes;
- One 2-pack of Energizer MAX Batteries (9v) with Power Seal Technology – Dependable, powerful performance for the devices that help keep your family safe; now hold their charge when stored for up to 5 years
- One EnergizerFlameless Wax Candle – Enjoy the realistic flicker of a scented wax candle without the worry of open flame or hassle of soot and dripping wax
- One Energizer Weatheready Safety Light – Waterproof flashlight powered by AA, AAA or C cell batteries; includes safety whistle and imprinted preparedness checklist
- One Kidde Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm
- ** Energizer Plush Bunny is NOT included **
The total value of the Family Safety Kit is approximately $78 per kit.
Thank you Energizer!
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on November 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me what steps you take to make sure your home and family are safe?
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or additional entries won’t qualify.
*I received free sample products in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way. Energizer will be providing the prize package.