Friday, July 6, 2012

Kidde Home Safety Audit

A few weeks ago, I shared a link to Kidde's Facebook page where they were giving away one Kidde 10 Year Sealed Battery Smoke Detector every day in June. Guess who won one for herself? Yes, we will have one arriving in our mailbox very soon and I couldn't be more excited!



This morning I received an email from Falhgren Mortine, Kidde's public relations agency. They sent me a link to participate in a Home Safety Audit. The audit takes 10-15 minutes to complete and helps ensure that your home is as safe as possible from potential hazards, including fires. It helps bring awareness to hidden dangers in your home that you may not be aware of.



I completed the audit in just around 10 minutes. Our home scored an 88% on the audit, ranking us as a Home Safety Gold Medalist. Most of the topics the audit covered are precautions we've taken in our home. We have smoke detectors in every room of our home, hazardous chemicals and medicines are kept put up, we have a fire escape plan and we practice it with the kids. There are many more topics the audit covers including the temperature at which you keep your water heater, the location of cords in your home and if there is at least one window in each room that can be used as a fire escape.

There were a few things on the audit that we were lacking. Previous to entering the contest for the 10 Year Sealed Battery Smoke Detector we, even as a fire family, were unaware of smoke detectors needing to be replaced every 10 years. We bought our house 3 years ago and have no idea how old the existing smoke detectors are that came in the house. By the looks of them they are probably close to the 10 year mark, so I had to answer that our smoke detectors may be older than 10 years. Additionally, we DO have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, however it asked if they were also located in bedrooms. It never occurred to me to place them in bedrooms, so that question was deducted from our score as well.

This audit is a great tool to help ensure the safety of your home. It has the potential to open your eyes to hidden dangers you may have been unaware of, especially if you have small children in your home.

I hope you take a few minutes to participate in the audit. Once you do, come back here and share your score! If there were things you were unaware of, share those too! Those few minutes the audit will take may help you correct a hidden danger that could save you your home or your life!

If you would like more information on home safety, especially for homes with children, please visit this link:
http://www.safekids.org/

2 comments:

  1. I scored a 53! Pretty pathetic for being married to a firefighter. Ironically my husband got a call last night because an elderly couples smoke detectors were going off. They needed the batteries replaced and the detectors were also old. How did we not realize that ours are too old!?!

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  2. I got a 68%. Hmmm... I have a few things to check out. Although some of the questions didn't exactly apply to our home. But we could definitely improve in some areas!

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