This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Kidde.
How much do you know about home fire safety and is it enough to keep your family safe? In honor of June being Home Safety Month, Kidde created a brief Home Safety Challenge online quiz to test your fire and carbon monoxide (CO) safety. When you take the quiz to test your knowledge, you’re helping me compete for the chance to win a donation of 150 Worry-Free smoke alarms for my local fire department from Kidde!
Kidde manufactures smoke and fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, and home solutions designed to protect families from fire and other related hazards. By working with Kidde over the past two years, I’ve learned so much about the simple safety steps I can take in order to be prepared for potential dangers in our home.
Without giving away all the answers to the quiz, here are some helpful facts about fire and carbon monoxide safety to help keep your family safe.
When properly installed and maintained, smoke alarms are one of the best and least expensive ways to provide an early warning when a fire starts.
Smoke alarms save lives, prevent injuries and minimize property damage by alerting residents early to a fire. Since there are different kinds of smoke alarms, Kidde can help you know the difference between photoelectroic, ionization, and dual-sensor models and help you select the best kind of smoke alarm for your home.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
- Place fire extinguishers within reach of every level of your home
- Install carbon monoxide alarms on each floor and near bedrooms
Parents should ensure that their kids remember what to do in case of a fire.
Make sure they know how to dial 9-1-1 in case of a fire or emergency and know and practice the home escape plan during the day and at night. Kidde’s downloadable Escape Plan Worksheet and Fire Lesson Plan are helpful resources for parents and teachers as we teach kids the importance of knowing what to do if there is a fire.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that carbon monoxide poisoning results in 400 unintentional deaths per year. Initial symptoms are similar to the flu (dizziness, sever headache, nausea, sleepiness, fatigue/weakness, and disorientation) but without a fever. This fast acting killer can kill within minutes but can be prevented by using a carbon monoxide alarm.
75% of all homes have a potential source of carbon monoxide.
These sources include a water heater, fireplace, furnace, generator or any other fuel-burning appliance, it’s staggering to know that only half of U.S. homes have a working carbon monoxide alarm.
Now that you’re more knowledgeable about fire and carbon monoxide safety, take Kidde’s Home Safety Challenge to help me earn a donation of fire alarms for my local fire station! The three bloggers who have the most readers take the quiz between today and Monday, June 30 will each earn Worry-Free smoke alarms for our community!
For more home safety resources, visit these links from Kidde:
- Kidde’s Simple Steps to Safety page (Simple Steps to Safety PDF)
- SafeKids: Home Safety
- SafeKids: Fire Safety
- National Safety Council: Safety at Home
- USFA: Fire Safety for Parents
- Kidde’s Downloadable Brochures & Safety Checklist
Kidde compensated me for writing this post and will provide a donation of their Worry-Free smoke alarms for my local fire department if I have the first, second, or third highest number of readers who take the online safety quiz. Images courtesy of Kidde.