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Protecting a Lifetime of Moments

by Bill Sweeney
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This post was sponsored by Kidde Fire Safety as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Protecting Your Family, Protecting Your Home

There’s nothing more important in life than protecting your home and protecting your family. The general safety and well-being of those ultra important parts of life is really what drives me as a person. I think that may be true for many people. This feeling takes root in stages. When I got married, when I bought a home, when I had kids, when I got a dog. These have all been absolutely amazing steps and phases of my life. It’s the basis of my being and it’s what keeps me going. It’s just as simple as that. So I do everything in my power every day to make sure that those parts of my life are as protected as I can try to make them be. Of course, as with life, you just can’t do everything. But as long as you do what you can, then that’s all you can do. Hope and pray for the best after that, right?

When thinking about protecting your family, protecting your home is part and parcel with this. Our home is our safe space, our sanctuary. To protect your home as best I can is to, in many ways, protect my family. It’s essential, and there’s just so much that goes into it. There are so many things to think about and consider. So many options, it can almost make your head spin.

Fire Safety

Let’s think about fire safety, for example,. NFPA stats show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. Of those, cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, followed by heating equipment. That’s a big number and a major concern for most people when thinking about how to protect your home and protect your family. If it’s not a concern, then you should make it one.

What measures are you taking to specifically address fire safety in your new home or renovations? Do you have a plan in place to deal with any unforeseen issues? Did you know that while 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced. That’s a pretty low number, and one that hopefully increases as people realize that having a plan is important.

October is National Fire Prevention Month

October is National Fire Prevention Month. Fire Prevention Week is observed during this time in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871. 2019 Fire Prevention Week will take place October 6-12.

The most critical moment in a home emergency could be the moment you take to prepare for that situation right now. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

Plan ahead for your escape. Map it out. Decide on a meeting place. Call 911. Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Make your home escape plan and practice today.

Tips for Increasing Safety

FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration have put together some great tips for fire safety. You can make your home safer by inspecting it for fire hazards, keeping lighters and matches away from children, supervising children, having working smoke alarms on every level and inside and outside all sleeping areas, and planning and practicing your home fire escape plan.

It’s also very important to teach children about the dangers of fire. It’s very important to teach your child that fire is dangerous. It sounds simple, but it can easily be overlooked. Teach them that even small fires can spread very quickly and that fire is a tool, not a toy, and must only be used by adults.

For more information and free fire-safety resources, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.

Smoke Alarms, CO Alarms, and Fire Extinguishers Are Essential

Roughly 3 out of 5 fire fatalities occur in homes with no smoke alarms, or alarms that don’t work. This is just something that I find to be unacceptable. Having a working smoke alarm is maybe one the most cost effective and simple to implement ways to protect your home and to protect your family.

FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration recommends having smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside and outside sleeping areas. Once installed, be sure that smoke alarms are tested each month, changing batteries as needed. Change your smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. It’s very simple and can save lives.

When I’m looking to stock my home with smoke, carbon monoxide (CO), and fire extinguishers, I’m always looking for Kidde smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire extinguishers! I know that these products will afford me the peace of mind I’m seeking. I have them all over the house. In each bedroom, hallway, and down in the basement.

Kidde Safety Products

I’ve used and loved Kidde products, literally, for many years. Kidde is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fire safety products for a good reason.  For more than 100 years, Kidde has been all about providing solutions that protect people and property (both home and business) from the effects of fire and its related hazards. As I’ve mentioned above, this is absolutely essential for me to protect every moment.

Kidde knows how to give as well. In fact, each year, Kidde donates more than 100,000 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers to fire departments and non-profit organizations across the country. This is a brand that not only makes great products, but also actually wants to protect the people in their community as well.

The idea is quite simple, really. Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help prevent injuries and minimize damage by alerting people to dangers earlier. The products detect and alert. It’s just that simple, but it’s oh so important. When you are talking about how lives can change in just about every way in a matter of minutes, it’s really important to do whatever it takes to protect your home and to protect your family. Take the time today to protect your home and protect your family.

Find Out More

Learn more about Kidde Fire Safety systems for their home during National Fire Prevention Month! Purchase Kidde’s fire safety essentials right now at The Home Depot or Walmart. Find out even more by checking out Kidde on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Protecting a Lifetime of Moments was last modified: October 23rd, 2019 by Bill Sweeney

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Nicole October 23, 2019 - 7:34 PM

We use Kiddie products in our house!

GiGi Eats October 23, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Great info! We have fire detectors all over the house. Which is a nice safety net!

Ntensibe Edgar Michael October 24, 2019 - 5:11 AM

Aaaahhhh…how I wish everybody could afford a fire or smoke detector! They are proving, with every day that goes by, that we so much need them.

Marco K. October 24, 2019 - 5:44 AM

This litte tool has gone for granted wor so long. it can literally save lives and also give you peace of mind. Thanks for sharing.

Gervin Khan October 24, 2019 - 11:43 AM

This is such an amazing post to read, safety of my loved ones is my top priority that is why we decided to install a fire detector in our house and bought a fire extinguisher that can be use in case of emergency.

joy October 24, 2019 - 12:34 PM

this is a fabulous article. thank you for sharing these excellent tips and reminders. the fire extinguisher in the kitchen is so smart and sadly not what i have.

Joy at The Joyous Living

Angela Milnes October 24, 2019 - 2:16 PM

I just recently upgraded my detectors. It was a necessary upgrade too. Safety is never too much!

Steph S October 24, 2019 - 9:01 PM

We are all about fire safety! It’s good to teach your kids young! This reminds me to check my smoke alarms!

Anna October 25, 2019 - 2:37 AM

There´s nothing more important in life than protecting our homes and families! Safety should be everyone´s priority! Completely agree that it´s crucial to educate our kids as well!

Emman Damian October 25, 2019 - 6:08 AM

It’s really important to install fire extinguishers and smoke alarms at home in case of any casualties. It’s good to always be prepared on these kinds of scenarios. It gives extra security for you and your family.

Jessie October 25, 2019 - 6:08 AM

Now I understand why my son’s school has been covering fire safety all month! Thanks for the extra info I can give him!

Emily Zielinski October 25, 2019 - 6:20 AM

Great post to read, its always important to have a safety strategy in place, you never know when you might need one.

Jennifer October 25, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Both my kids are in college, and then still make sure that we change the batteries in the smoke detectors twice a year. I guess my husband and I ingrained that in them, so it makes me happy to know they will be just as responsible with their own families.


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