But when it comes to getting a good night's rest, I've been known to do just about anything to increase my chances of snoozing undisturbed. Pillows over my head, earplugs, threats — you name it.
Which is also why I'll go just about any length to silence the bothersome noises that come from home annoyances. It's bad enough to be woken up to a crying child, but a dripping faucet, clanking radiator or rattling door? No way, no how.
The thing is, the worst that happens from me silencing those creaking doors is having to unwedge whatever I've crammed into the frames to keep them shut tight. When it comes to ending the aggravation from a late-night chirping smoke alarm, however, the results might not be such an easy fix and could potentially lead to life-threatening safety risks.
Unfortunately, I have to admit that I'm one of many that has reached up and pulled the battery out of our smoke alarm to silence the beeping... instead of taking the right step and recognizing the chirping as a sign that battery needed to be replaced to keep my family and whole house safe from possible deadly fires.
Kidde, one of the leading fire safety manufacturers, 53% 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.
Even worse, 7% confessed that that they would actually be more likely to disconnect the alarm than install a new battery. It's clear that minor annoyances with smoke alarms are compromising the safety of millions, as homeowners everywhere don't recognize the scenario as the potentially life-threatening safety risk it actually is.
Which is why I was happy to learn that this fall Kidde launched 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).
Talk about truly worry-free! The fact that these alarms are powered by lithium batteries for 10 years means that they are always on — 24 hours per day, seven days per week for an entire decade of hassle-free protection.
Best of all, each of the four types of Worry-Free Alarms include features designed to address location-specific safety needs such as a light in the hallway and innovative smart sensing technology for kitchens to minimize nuisance false alarms caused by cooking.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics indicate that the primary reasons smoke alarms fail to operate in home structure fires is a missing or disconnected battery (50%) and dead/discharged battery (23%). But now that Kidde has debuted their Worry-Free Smoke Alarms, they have all but eliminated any excuses that homeowners might have for not keeping their house and family safe from smoke and fire!
Available now at select home improvement stores and other retailers with suggested retail prices from $25 to $50, more information about Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarms can be found by visiting WorryFreeAlarm.com and connecting with Kidde on Facebook and Twitter.
Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will be prepared to safely update their home as well, because...
One lucky person will win a 2-pack of Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarms (hallway and bedroom alarms)!
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A big thank you to Kidde for providing product and compensation for me as well as a 2-pack of Worry-Free Smoke Alarms for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.