Chirp… chirp… chirp…
I’m sure most people are familiar with that annoying little “chirps” your smoke detector makes when the battery runs low. Sadly, many people DON’T immediately replace the battery. Instead they just let it chirp away until the battery dies out completely. Then you have a non-working smoke detector. That is not exactly a smart thing to do.
Check out this interesting article from Kidde about those annoying little chirps and why it’s something that you need to take seriously. It’s an eye opening article.
Minor Smoke Alarm Annoyances Are Compromising the Safety of Millions
While many American homeowners are annoyed by sounds emitted from their smoke alarms to warn of low battery power, how many ensure the earliest possible warning is always available to their family when dangerous fire is present? A recent survey of more than 1,000 owners of homes ten years or older reveals that while aggravated by sounds such as smoke alarm low-battery chirps, homeowners are not acting when warned of low battery power, even though statistics show they should be.
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%).
The survey also reveals that homeowners are concerned about the risk of fire in their homes – particularly in locations such as the kitchen – but don’t know the basics about keeping their households safe.
A Familiar (and annoying) Sound…Especially at Night
• Nearly nine out of 10 homeowners (87%) have heard their smoke alarm low-battery chirp.
• Of those who have heard the sound, 43 percent report hearing the sound during the middle of the night.
• When compared to other fixable disturbances like clanking pipes, dripping faucets or a cell phone ringing, homeowners consider a middle-of-the-night low battery chirp or nuisance alarm more annoying.
Not Aggravated Enough to Act
• 53 percent of homeowners deem a smoke alarm low-battery chirp annoying, but one in three homeowners (33%) say that if they heard the chirp, they would not be extremely likely to replace the battery within 24 hours.
• Seven percent of homeowners confess that they’d be more likely to disconnect the alarm than install a new battery.
Cooking Up Concern
• Nearly eight in ten (78%) believe that a fire would be most likely in their kitchens than anywhere else in the home. And homeowners are right. Kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires and civilian home fire injuries.*
Alarming Knowledge Gaps
A startling amount of homeowners are missing key knowledge about the basics of fire protection:
• Nearly three-quarters (74%) cannot correctly describe where smoke alarms must be placed in the home.
• Close to three in five (58%) cannot correctly answer that batteries should be changed every six months, and 68 percent believe that this action should be taken less often
• Forty-three percent admit that they do not know how often to replace smoke alarms.
• One in four homeowners confesses to never replacing their home’s smoke alarms.
WOW… this article blew my mind. There are a lot of scary statistics that I was unaware of. Living in a condo we’re at the mercy of our neighbors. We have people across from us, diagonal from us, next door to us and below up (we’re on the top floor so thankfully there is no one above us). If just one of the people in our building ignores that chirping sound it could be the difference between life and death for the rest of the residents.
We’ve already had three buildings burn to the ground in our complex over the post 30+ years. There are 10 units in each building so it displaces a lot of people. Not only that they often damage the buildings next door to them, displacing even more families.
This Fall, Kidde is launching a new line of Worry-Free Smoke Alarms. These new alarms are powered by sealed-in, long-life lithium batteries for 10 years (the life of the alarm). WOW!!! I like that. I would still recommend checking the alarm every month, or no less than every time you turn the clocks back or ahead, just to be on the safe side. But it’s great to know that you don’t have to worry about them for an entire decade.
Here is some more information about the new Worry-Free Smoke Alarms from Kidde.
Kidde Worry Free Smoke Alarms offer a variety of benefits to the millions of Americans who rely on continuous battery-powered smoke and fire detection in their homes. The alarms are powered by sealed, long-life lithium batteries for 10 years (the life of the alarm), meaning they are always on. Each of the four alarms includes features designed to address location-specific safety needs such as a light in the hallway for egress and innovative smart sensing technology for kitchens to minimize nuisance alarms caused by cooking.
Long-life Sealed Lithium Battery: Why it’s needed
While smoke alarms are installed in 96 percent of US homes, 20 percent of those alarms are not functioning, mainly due to dead or missing batteries. Moreover, two-thirds of residential fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or in homes with non-functioning smoke alarms.
With a sealed, long-life lithium battery smoke alarm, homeowners can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their homes’ smoke alarms are always on – operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week for 10 years – that’s a decade of hassle-free protection. The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.
Benefits of Worry Free Smoke Alarms
- It’s always on - 24 hours a day, 7 day a week protection against smoke and fire.
- Decade of Protection: sealed lithium battery provides 10 years of continuous power.
- Maintenance free and hassle free: Never have to replace the battery during the alarm’s operating life and no need to worry about the batteries being removed.
- Say Goodbye to late night low battery chirps: An end of life chirp tells you when it’s time to replace the alarm.
- Location based attributes: This makes it simple to select the right alarm for the right location in your home.
- Money Savings: No batteries to buy and replace every six months. Save up to $40 over the life of the alarm.
- Quick and easy installation: Simply twist the alarm on to the mounting bracket and it activates.
Overall Product Line Features
• 85 decibel alarm
• Only UL-listed alarms to contain a photoelectric smoke sensor that is programmed to reduce nuisance alarms
• Only smoke alarms with SEALED long-life lithium battery to prevent tampering or removal; operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week for a decade
• Test-Reset Button tests the alarm circuitry and horn. Resets memory after alarm has sounded.
• End-of-life signal chirps every 30-45 seconds when alarm needs replaced
• Deactivation switch disables the alarm and makes the batteries safe for disposal once the unit has reached the end of its 10-year life. Tamper resistant feature prohibits a disabled alarm from being placed back onto the mounting bracket.
• 10-Year Limited Warranty
The Kidde Worry Free Smoke Alarms will be available at select home improvement stores and other retailers in early November 2012. Suggested retail prices range from $25 to $50.
Kidde would like to give a lucky winner a two pack of the new Kidde Worry Free Smoke Alarms (one for the bedroom and one for the hallway).
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on November 15, 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.
To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite feature is about the new Worry Free Smoke Alarms is?
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*I will be receiving a gift card in exchange for my participation in this promotin. There is no other compensation. The opinons expressed are my own unless otherwise noted. Kidde willl be providing the prize package.