Survey Finds Annoying Chirp Distracts from Safety; Families at Risk

     Survey Finds Annoying Chirp Distracts from Safety; Families at Risk

New Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarms With Sealed-In, Lithium Battery Protects
Families Continuously for 10 years

PR Newswire

MEBANE, N.C., Nov. 19, 2012

MEBANE, N.C., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --A smoke alarm's low battery chirp
is the number one home fire safety complaint among American homeowners who
participated in a recent survey conducted by Kelton on behalf of Kidde, the
leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products. In fact, 61 percent
of respondents have left their alarm without a working battery. Kidde's new
Worry-Free line of smoke alarms with a 10-year sealed-in lithium battery aims
to solve common consumer complaints and pressing fire industry concerns. Kidde
is a business of UTC Climate, Controls, & Security, a unit of United
Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)

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According to the survey results, homeowners' primary frustration is timing:
almost half of those who have heard a low battery chirp said that it sounded
in the middle of the night. Yet, homeowners don't automatically replace the
battery. After hearing a low battery chirp, 33 percent of homeowners might
wait a day or more to replace it, according to the survey. Another seven
percent say they'd be more likely to disconnect the battery than insert a new

Failing to react quickly and replace batteries could have tragic results. The
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cites missing or disconnected
batteries as the main reason smoke alarms fail to operate in residential
fires. Two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke
alarm or no working alarm. Recently, the National Association of State Fire
Marshals (NASFM) issued a recommendation for smoke alarms to be powered by
10-year, sealed-in batteries. NASFM's support of a long-life battery follows
similar recommendations from NFPA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"Overall, smoke alarms have been cited as a great success story in this
country's efforts to reduce fire death rates, but persistent problems have
been identified along the way that continue to hamper our ability to reduce
home fire deaths," said J. William Degnan, state fire marshal, New Hampshire
and president, NASFM . "Consumers with battery-operated smoke alarms should
use 10-year batteries in tamper-resistant units to help ensure that they will
have that early warning if it is needed. A sealed-in, 10-year battery takes
the burden off consumers to remember to change smoke alarm batteries, and it
will save lives."

Kidde's Worry-Free smoke alarms offer a decade of protection without ever
having to replace a battery. They are the only UL-listed alarms to contain a
photoelectric smoke sensor that is programmed to reduce nuisance alarms, the
second most common complaint of homeowners. The Kelton survey found one
quarter of homeowners report nuisance alarms sounding at least once a month
when cooking in their home. Kidde's Worry-Free Kitchen Alarm includes
smart-sensing technology to minimize, if not eliminate, cooking-related
nuisance alarms.

Each Worry-Free Kitchen Alarm is designed with location-specific features,
such as super-bright LEDs in the Hallway Alarm and an added voice warning in
the Bedroom Alarm to help wake those who may sleep through the traditional
beep. NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms on each floor and inside and
outside of sleeping areas. However, survey results show less than a quarter of
homeowners comply with this recommendation, and three out of four homeowners
don't know where to place alarms.

"We've heard loud and clear that homeowners are frustrated with low battery
chirps and nuisance alarms," said Chris Rovenstine, vice president, sales and
marketing, Kidde. "In addition to technology advances that eliminate the
low-battery chirp, the Worry-Free smoke alarms give consumers peace-of-mind by
offering features to address location-specific safety needs. Homeowners now
can feel confident that they have the right alarm for the right location."

Kidde's Worry-Free smoke alarms are available at The Home Depot. With no need
to replace batteries, consumers will save about $40 in battery costs over the
life of an alarm. After ten years, the alarms will sound a warning to indicate
it is time for replacement. Fire experts recommend replacing all smoke alarms
every 10 years.

The online survey was conducted by Kelton between July – August 2012 among
1,018 homeowners with battery-powered smoke alarms and homes older than 10
years. For more information, visit

About Kidde
As the world's largest manufacturer of fire safety products, Kidde's mission
is to provide solutions that protect people and property from the effects of
fire and its related hazards. For more than 90 years industry leaders, the
military, airlines and firefighters have relied on Kidde to deliver superior
fire detection and suppression. Consumers will find that same advanced fire
safety technology in Kidde's residential and commercial smoke alarms, carbon
monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and other life safety products.

Based in Mebane, N.C., Kidde is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a
unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and
building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit


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