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Energizer’s Change Your Clock Change Your Battery Family Safety Kit Giveaway (ends 11/12/12)

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.

For more information, please visit Energizer.com and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/EnergizerBunny.

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.

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Kimberly

*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. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly works with school aged children doing before/after school care. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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  1. I make sure to check safety appliances, like smoke detectors, regularly.

  2. We make sure to have a smoke alarm on each level and to test it once a month.

  3. I have an alarm and set it every night

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  4. We change the batteries in smoke detectors every six months and have an escape plan that we practice every few months.

  5. Tari Lawson says:

    We keep things like batteries and flashlights handy. We also always have bottled water. During storms we bring in our outside furniture and tie down things that might blow away.

  6. Sheila K. says:

    We have floodlights and hurricane shutters for outside areas and a smoke alarm and fire extinguishers inside the house!

  7. Sandy VanHoey says:

    We change our alarm batteries every year on new Years Day, we keep importan #’s with us for emergencies, and we have a generator

  8. Kim Henrichs says:

    I make sure our smoke alarms and flashlights are up to date and ready, and we have a “hurricane” kit with bottled water, ca mp stove, etc at the ready.

  9. We change out the batteries, we talk about where to meet in case of evacuation.

  10. we keep a little bin handy with things like bottled water/etc

  11. Check the batteries on flashlights and smoke alarms.

  12. We always have charged batteries on hand.

  13. Lisa Brown says:

    I just make sure all units are working and responding, check gas lines periodically, and sure we have a plan to get out of the house in an emergency.

  14. Lisa Brown says:

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  15. Vicki Wurgler says:

    we have smoke alarms and do change batteries, bottle water flashlights and we do have an escape plan

  16. Colleen Turner says:

    We always make sure our smoke/carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, keep flashlights in both our bedroom and our son’s bedroom and keep candles and extra batteries in the kitchen at all times.

  17. Debra Hall says:

    i change my batteries on my sons birthday so i dont forget

  18. we change the batteries in our detectord twice a year, we always keep flashlights available, we emergency to-go bags, lots of canned food, water and our basement is stocked with extra blankets and furniture.

  19. Ann Fantom says:

    We have emergency supplies stored in our basement that includes food, water, batteries and some cash etc. We also have a generator with enough gas to run it for several days.

  20. We have a smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher and an O2 monitor too.

  21. We have slacked off since we have an empty nest but we always went over with the kids what to do in case of emergency and where to meet etc. I still keep matches, candles, flashlights and batteries on hand in case of emergency.
    crochet4hats[at]gmail[dot]com

  22. We have a safety plan in place in case of emergencies, and we do fire drills. Also, we check the smoke detectors monthly and change their batteries at least once a year.

  23. We have smoke and carbon dioxide detectors connected through our alarm system!

  24. we check the batteries and we have fire extinguisher in the kitchen
    tcogbill at live dot com

  25. I make sure all appliances are turned off, that we have an extinguisher and that alarms work.

  26. Monique Rizzo says:

    We have a security alarm!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  27. We have smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, flashlights in every room and a Carbon Monoxide monitor.

  28. Cynthia R says:

    alarm system and fire extinguisher in kitchen

  29. Wendy McBride says:

    We have a smoke detector, water, batteries,candles, and flashlights,

    wendym at cableone dot net

  30. Katherine says:

    Fire Extinguisers smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and an escape route

  31. testing the detectors and having an escape plan

  32. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    We have a fire drill every Christmas after we put up the tree.

  33. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    We practice our escape routes once a year with the whole family.

  34. Linda Lansford says:

    we have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers

  35. debbie jackson says:

    smoke alarms and cells phones always operating
    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  36. I married a firefighter…lol

  37. Keep fresh batteries in smoke detectors, good locks on doors, and we have an escape/meet up plan in case of fire.

  38. CATHY TRUMAN says:

    We have 3 smoke alarms and two fire extinguisher in our house. We always change the batteries
    in the the smoke alarms on our anniversary 10/17.

  39. We use smoke detectors.

  40. We have the required smoke alarms and the kids know where to go out in an emergency.

  41. We always change all the smoke detector batteries on the same day . we have them upstairs and in the basement too

  42. have a smoke alarm

  43. We always keep extra emergency supplies on hand because you never know what might happen!

  44. We have smoke detectors on each floor of the house
    Thanks!

  45. i use the alarm on my phone
    Thanks for the giveaway! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com Janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  46. we keep emergency supplies on hand
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  47. renee walters says:

    We change our alarm batteries every year and keep emergency supplies on hand.

  48. We have several alarms around our house and I keep flashlights,batteries, bottled water,blankets and canned goods on hand

  49. I have a smoke and carbon dioxide monitors. I also have fire extinquishers in the kitchen, the opposite end of the house as well as the basement.

  50. Debra L.Guillen says:

    I have a smoke alarm in every room and periodically check them and replace the batteries

  51. i have a smoke detector but i’d love an extinguisher

  52. We stock up on batteries

  53. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and fire blankets

  54. Denise B. says:

    I keep everything neat, organized, and well stocked.

  55. Jessica To says:

    We have an alarm on our house and we have six smoke alarms along with a carbon monoxide detector.

  56. Marti Parks says:

    I’m careful to keep all electrical appliances maintained and most of them I unplug when we’re not using them.

  57. Marti Parks says:
  58. Marti Parks says:
  59. Tricia Antosh says:

    I have plastic totes for all of our important valuables..pics and stuff..a water proof safe,4 24pk bottles of water, canned foods, charcoal, fluid , batteries etc..I live in Fl and I prepare for Hurricane Season every yer this would complete my KIT!!!

  60. We have an alarm system with built in fire and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. We, also, have twice yearly checks on the HVAC systems to make sure ther are no problems or gas leaks.

  61. carol gentry says:

    We are always sure that we have a supply of food and water in case we need them.

  62. We talk about things that can go wrong and how to handle those kind of situations!

  63. Stephanie Larison says:

    We change the smoke alarm batteries every new years.

  64. We have a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide monitor

  65. Karen Glatt says:

    We make sure that we have working smoke detectors! We make sure to have a fire extinguisher, and we make sure to have an escape plan in case of a fire!

  66. I have 2 loud and menacing dogs who let us know of any strangers on our property and alert us when buzzers go off in the house of phones ring.

  67. Change the batteries in the smoke detector twice a year.

  68. Christine says:

    I change them when they chirp.
    Thanks for the chance!

  69. we check batteries in the smoke detectors and flashlights and have emergency supplies on hand.

  70. 3 smoke alarms, monoxide detector, fire extinguishers and escape plan

  71. Christine says:

    We keep smoke detectors, make sure everything is always working properly.

  72. We change the batteries in our smoke detectors every 6 mnts

  73. Sarah Davis says:

    We change the batteries frequently and my husband double checks our electricians work.

  74. every room has a smoke detector, we have several fire extinquishers, we practice emergency procedures with the kids

  75. I have a smoke alarm, flashlights, and extra food and water in case of emergency.

  76. We have a first aid kit and flashlights and tons of batteries on hand for an emergency- thanks!

  77. We have a fire escape plan, but that’s about it!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  78. We make sure we have plenty of water and food stored as well as batteries, flashlights, wind-up radio, etc.

  79. we keep cleaning products up high out of reach!

  80. Alison Wood says:

    We check the locks multiple times before bed.

  81. Angela Cisco says:

    We have a plan put in place and have discussed what to do in case of an emergency.

  82. We try to keep the batteries fresh in the smoke detector and flashlights and we keep some emergency kits on hand in backpacks so they’re ready to go if need be.

  83. Smoke Alarms, Fire extinguishers and house alarm.

  84. Miz Vickik says:

    we have a plan to get out and meet up outside

  85. Jennifer Reed says:

    We change the batteries in our smoke detectors at least once a year and we have a house escape plan in place in case of an emergency.

  86. We have smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, emergency kits, etc.

  87. We’ve got our detectors, emergency kit, etc and also have plans for major emergencies like a fire or tornado

  88. We keep a supply of batteries and flashlights.

  89. amy deeter says:

    tell them where to go just in case of a fire
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

  90. Karen Gonyea says:

    We have fire drills 🙂

  91. We talk about preparations and plans often.

  92. We try to follow basic safety rules (unplug appliances when not in use, no unattended fires) as well as prepare for things like a fire or a hurricane by knowing what to do and having the right tools on hand (emergency lighting, power, food and water).

  93. Mary Casper says:

    we check the smoke alarm and all batteries about once a month

  94. We change the batteries in smoke detectors every six months

  95. kathy pease says:

    we stay stocked up on canned foods,water and candles just in case

  96. make sure everyone knows what to do if something went wrong

  97. I have a flashlight in every room and always make sure to have extra batteries

  98. tracey johnson says:

    we have smoke alarms and 2 fire extinguishers

  99. Richard Hicks says:

    we use smoke detectors throughout the house and everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  100. Janice Fox says:

    I make sure the smoke detectors all work.

  101. i put alarms on all doors and windows

  102. We have a family escape plan!

  103. Lucy Schwartz says:

    I have a Winter kit that i place in the car trunk in case the car stalls or gets stuck. It has a blanket, Kitty Litter, flashlight, water bottles and granola bars.

  104. lock the doors and keep smoke detectors charged

  105. We change the batteries often in the smoke detectors.

    thanks!

  106. sandy weinstein says:

    i check the smoke alarms and make sure they are working, i check the 02 alarm as well, i also check to make sure all of the windows are locked and the doors are locked….i have a few fir extinguishers in my front closet.

  107. we have an evacuation plan in case of an emergency

  108. We have smoke and carbon alarms on every floor and make sure the batteries stay fresh.

  109. We have two smoke alarms and two carbon monoxide alarms.

  110. Shawnn Parr says:

    keep the doors locked at all times.

  111. we check our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors frequently

  112. LOCKS SMOKE ALARM

  113. We have 4 smoke detectors, 2 carbon monoxide detectors & fire extinguishers in the kitchen & garage.

  114. Melanie Montgomery says:

    we have an alarm system

  115. Katarina Kopasek says:

    This kit is perfect for emergencies.

  116. We keep a battery in our carbon monoxide detector.

  117. Terry Cross says:

    We have smoke alarms and change their batteries regularly

  118. jessica schueler says:

    We have a fire extinguisher and taught our kids how to use it, we have a carbon dioxide moniter and smoke detectors

  119. we have smoke alarms that are checked regularly. we also have extra batteries, flash lights and candles in every room of the house. we have a lot of storms here so we use them quite frequently.
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

  120. We make sure our batteries are working in the alarms.

  121. susan smoaks says:

    we have an emergency plan and we practice getting out of the house in case of emergency every few months!

  122. We have first aid & emergency kits

  123. Always check and make sure all appliances are turned off after use, thanks!

  124. Christian Alejandro N. says:

    I stockpile plenty of things in case of emergency.

  125. Vikki Billings says:

    I have smoke detectors, cabon dioxide monitor and we make sure we have a fire extinguisher

  126. Having smoke alarms and a home security system

  127. Sarah Harding says:

    I check batteries in alarms,unplug unused appliances,keep emergency winter supplies for home and car

  128. Carolyn Daley says:

    We make sure we are prepared with plenty of canned food, water, flash lights, batteries, and necessities.

  129. Veronica Garrett says:

    I check our smoke alarms regulary. We have an escape plan for fires.

  130. Laurie Emerson says:

    We have an escape plan for if a fire or hurricane should hit. We also keep batteries, bottled water, canned goods and MRE’s on hand for any emergencies,

  131. shirley zolenski says:

    We have smoke alarms in every room and we have an evacuation plan.

  132. Smoke & O2 and fire extinguisher and an escape plan.
    Thanks for the contest.

  133. Corey Olomon says:

    I make sure to change the batteries on the smoke detectors twice a year.