Scary Smoke Alarms Stats & Tips!

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Every Sunday morning there is one sound that can be hear throughout our house and no it’s not my children’s laughter from cartoons. The noise is the annoying chirpping from our smoke detectors. We moved into this house three years ago and while we have checked the batteries before I feel like we should just replace them all so we know they are all new and in good working condition. I admit when the siren goes off none of us go running anymore, which really is a terrible thing. It’s become like the “Boy who cried wolf” in our house where the alarm goes off and its not a big deal and one day it will be a problem and I want to be ready. We haven’t disconnected the battery quite yet but my husband has come close.

According to the 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%).

A chirping smoke alarm is more than just a “home annoyance” – it is a sign that batteries need to be replaced to keep your family and whole house safe from potentially deadly fires. This fall, Kidde is launching a line of Worry-Free Smoke Alarms, which offer a variety of benefits to the millions of Americans who rely on continuous battery-powered smoke and fire detection in their homes. The new alarms are powered by sealed-in, long-life lithium batteries for 10 years (the life of the alarm).

A Worry Free Smoke Alarm sounds like the answer to our problem. It is a smoke alarm that doesn’t need a battery change since it features a sealed, long-life lithium battery that will last for 10 years (the life of the alarm.) It is always on, keeping your family safe. The feature I am most impressed with though is that each of the alarms includes features designed to address location-specific safety needs, such as a light in the hallway or an innovative smart sensing technology for kitchens to minimize nuisance alarms caused by cooking. Oh I would love a smoke alarm that wasn’t so sensitive and only went off when it should!

Another crazy statistic is that while smoke alarms are installed in 96% of homes, 20% of those alarms are not functioning properly mainly due to dead or missing batteries. 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 that their homes are being protected from smoke for 10 continuous years – no chirping, searching for batteries, or going without a smoke alarm! Oh and The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years so you’d be set! This smoke alarm will only chirp when its at the end of its life-cycle of 10 years!

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BUY IT: 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.

WIN IT: (1) US winner will receive a 2-pack of Worry-Free Kidde smoke alarms (includes the hallway and bedroom alarms)

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  1. I had no idea, thought you just had to change the batteries lol

  2. Laurie Emerson says:

    I did not know this. I really thought that they had no expiration date. From now on I am going to read a lot more carefully and tell family and friends that they do expire,
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  3. I did know that. I guess I’m one of the few that actually reads the packaging in booklets on items I buy :)

  4. Richard Hicks says:

    THis is new to me. I thought they lasted forever for the most part!

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  5. I did not know that they did.

  6. carol lewis says:

    I had no idea they expired!

  7. kathy pease says:
  8. kathy pease says:

    i did not know that

  9. I didnt know

  10. No, I didn’t know that–thought it was just the batteries!

  11. No, I did not know that!

  12. I dind’t know that they expired – I thought it was just the battery that needed changing

  13. I knew the batteries did, but not the alarms themselves!

  14. no i didnt know they espired

  15. I did not know smoke alarms had an expiration date I have some that are pretty old!

  16. I had no idea that smoke alarms expired.

  17. I knew that smoke alarms do expire

  18. Sure did! We had a small house fire last year, and are now super aware of anything preventative!

  19. Sylvia Ortiz says:

    I did not know Smoke Alarms expired, only that you had to check to make sure the batteries were not dead. Thanks for the share!

  20. Gennie Lancaster says:

    I did not know that they expired!

  21. I did not know. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. I’d never thought about it, so, no, I guess I didn’t know they expired.

  23. Yes. I knew. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Nope, I didn’t know that—I do now!

  25. I did not know that. I knew batteries died but not the alarm itself

  26. Yes.

  27. Jemima Puddleduck says:

    I did not know that…I’m sure mine are all expired then!

  28. I had no idea smoke alarms expire.
    Thanks for the chance!

  29. Heather Zeh says:

    I had no idea they expired!!

  30. Jennifer M says:

    I never knew they expired!! YIKES!!!

  31. Adrianne B says:

    I didn’t know that they expired.

  32. I did not know they expired

  33. Mary Anderson says:

    I did not realize the alarms expired.

  34. I did not know they expire.

  35. I had no idea they expired, seems like I probably need all new ones, yikes!

  36. mine don’t expire, they generally commit suicide, or get murdered. like my last one had a hissy fit over some burnt toast and wouldnt’ shut up about it. So I beat it to death with a broom… Guess I could use a new one

  37. Cheryl Abdelnour says:


  38. Heidi Daily says:

    I did know that, but only because my husband is a volunteer firefighter.

  39. Stephanie Larison says:

    I had no idea they expired!

  40. Oops… I entered my Twitter name incorrectly. It’s janj4c. Thanks!

  41. I had no idea smoke alarms expire. Glad I learned this!

  42. I didn’t know Smoke Alarms Expired…this is new and Thank you for the info! I thought just the batteries

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  43. I didn’t know Smoke Alarms Expired…this is new and Thank you for the info! I thought just the batteries

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  44. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    I never knew….duh

  45. yep (nothing lasts) but wasn’t sure how long – 10 years

  46. Sarah Hall says:

    No, I did not know that. I always thought that if the batteries were good, it was fine.

  47. nannypanpan says:

    i did know

  48. I did not know they expired.

  49. Linda Lansford says:

    I knew smoke alarms expired

  50. Betty Jenks says:

    I know they expired because I am married a Volunteer Firefighter.

  51. Ann Fantom says:

    Yes, I just recently saw a news report about how smoke detectors need to be replace

  52. I didn’t know they expired.

  53. Christian Alejandro N. says:

    I had no idea! Good thing I do now.

  54. I didn’t know.

  55. I did not know that they expired.

  56. Oh yes, I knew they expired. I found that out the hard way!

  57. Yes I did, but I never knew prior to a friend telling me a few yrs back.

  58. No, I didn’t know

  59. I did not know they expired

  60. Heather S says:

    No, I didn’t know that.

  61. D Schmidt says:

    I do know that mine are fine.

  62. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I really didn’t know they expired. I thought as long as we replaced batteries, er were fine.

  63. Nikkie Cossairt says:

    No, I did not know that smoke alarms expire.

  64. Deb Anderson says:

    No, I had no idea!! That’s scary to think about.