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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Giveaway: First Alert Kitchen Smoke & Fire Alarm



To help honor of Fire Prevention Month First Alert (most trusted name in home safety), is encouraging consumers to “Power Up!” their smoke and CO alarms in a nationwide public education campaign focused on encouraging consumers to test alarms & if needed, update their homes with newer devices that use advanced technology to combat frequent false alarms and better detect real threats.



This call to action is particularly timely as the holiday season which is marked by an increased use of stoves, ovens, fireplaces and other potentially CO-emitting heating sources.

“We’ve all been there. You’re working hard over a hot stove making a home-cooked meal and suddenly the smoke alarm activates with no real threat,” said Deborah Hanson, director of external affairs for First Alert. “However, frequent false alarms have far-reaching consequences beyond just mere annoyance and can pose serious safety risks to your family.”
 
I personally have done this before especially when a smoke alarm is very sensitive to any type of smoke. It's so easy to take the batteries out & then forget to put them back in! Thanks to First Alert they have added an option of a mute button (just in time for the holidays).

Known in the fire industry as “nuisance alarms,” frequent false alarms are typically caused by excessive smoke or steam & the number one reason people disable and/or remove batteries from their alarms. Even those who don’t go to the extreme of disabling their devices can be negatively affected by recurring nuisance alarms which, over time, can lead people to become desensitized to the sound and fail to act in an actual emergency.

Proper alarm placement, regular maintenance and alarm replacement are keys to evading the annoyance of nuisance alarms. According to Hanson, if you experience repeated false alarms, the problem could be solved by simply replacing with newer models, such as the First Alert Maximum Protection series of alarms, which feature breakthrough anti-nuisance technology. In case of false alarms, a mute button will temporarily silence alarm activation.
 
“Smoke alarms have a useful life of 10 years, on average, while CO alarms should be replaced after five to seven years,” noted Hanson. “If you cannot recall when your alarms were installed, it’s best to be safe and replace the units.”
Additionally, the NFPA recommends testing smoke alarm function at least once a month to ensure that both the batteries and the units themselves are working properly. For optimum alarm performance, First Alert recommends replacing batteries at least twice a year.
 
Throughout the month of October, First Alert will give away more than 325 smoke alarms and four-packs of batteries through its “Power Up!” Facebook sweepstakes. For details or to enter, visit http://bit.ly/SdjUR1.




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11 comments:

teachinmomma123 said...

I learned smoke alarms have a useful life of 10 years, on average, while CO alarms should be replaced after five to seven years. No, I do not get annoyed when it goes off while cooking. We actually make a joke of it and say that I am cooking to test the detectors!

Rhonda Martin said...

I learned that smoke alarms have a useful life of 10 years, on average, while CO alarms should be replaced after five to seven years. I had no idea. I figured if it beeped than it worked so we were all good. I also am annoyed when the alarm goes off because of the wood stove or while cooking. Which is often. Thanks for sharing this safety review and giveaway from First Alert with all of us~!
exotic1(at)tdstelme(dot)net

kathy pease said...

i learned if you experience repeated false alarms, the problem could be solved by simply replacing with newer models, such as the First Alert Maximum Protection series of alarms, which feature breakthrough anti-nuisance technology.

yes i get annoted and remove the battery

brich2222 said...

learned that you need to place it carefully so that it works properly

brich22 at earthlink dot net

Sumer Blaker said...

I learned that there is a mute button to help with false alarms. I always get frustrated with the alarm going off while cooking. I always take out the batteries.
sumer84@live.com

tlcfromtn said...

I learned that smoke alarms have a useful life of 10 years, on average, while CO alarms should be replaced after five to seven years

clynsg said...

I learned it is about time to replace my detectors, since they are about 12 years old. It does irritate me if they go off while I am cooking, more because it can sometimes take quite awhile for the them to shut off than for any other reason.

cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

The Fam said...

I learned that I need to test my alarms because they may be older than 10 years!

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

And it's totally annoying when you're already frustrated that you've burnt something in the kitchen when the alarm goes off!

kat said...

I don't even have a smoke detectors and I do need one and yeas I do find very annoying when the smoke alarm goes off when cook.
kat_emerick@yahoo.com

Chris Alejandro said...

I learned that these can last you quite a few years. and yes I hate it when the kitchen causes one to go off. Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com

lmurley2000 said...

yes i do get anoanyed when the smoke detector goes off but then i they to remember why we really need it.

lmurley2000@yahoo.com