NFPA is teaming up with The Home Depot and Kidde to help raise awareness of fire safety throughout October with nationwide in-store fire safety workshops for kids and adults. In addition, The Home Depot will donate 50,000 Kidde 10-year sealed lithium battery smoke alarms to local fire departments across the United States. What's more, a donation will be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s “Be a Hero, Save a Hero” initiative!
“Nearly 20 percent of homes in the U.S. have smoke alarms that don’t work. This program will benefit thousands of families by providing long-life smoke alarms that offer maintenance-free protection for ten years. The recipients never need to remember to replace the battery because it’s sealed inside the unit, and will last the life of the alarm,” said Chris Rovenstine, marketing and sales manager for Kidde.
The majority of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoking alarms, mainly due to dead (aged) or missing batteries or age of alarm. We recommend replacing smoke alarms every 10 years and testing your batteries twice a year.
Fire departments can get involved and learn more by contacting their local Home Depot store manager or visiting www.nfpa.org/homedepot.