California Enacts New Requirements For Battery-Operated Smoke Alarms

     California Enacts New Requirements For Battery-Operated Smoke Alarms

Senate Bill 745 Requires Replacement of Battery-Operated Alarms with 10-Year,
Sealed Models, Does Not Alter Requirements for Hard-wired Alarms

PR Newswire

AURORA, Ill., May 29, 2014

AURORA, Ill., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Older California residences are
about to get a much-needed safety upgrade as a new law outlining smoke alarm
requirements takes effect throughout the state.

Beginning July 1, 2014, California Senate Bill 745 requires that all solely
battery-operated smoke alarms and combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
sold and installed in California must contain a non-replaceable, non-removable
battery that is capable of powering the smoke alarm for a minimum of 10 years.
The requirement does not apply to any alarms that are hard-wired.

Beginning July 1, 2014, California Senate Bill 745 requires that all solely
battery-operated smoke alarms and combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
sold and installed in California must contain a non-replaceable, non-removable
battery that is capable of powering the smoke alarm for a minimum of 10 years.
The requirement does not apply to any alarms that are hard-wired.

"Each year nearly 3,000 Americans die from home fires—the vast majority in
homes where a working smoke alarm is absent or disabled," said Deborah Hanson,
director of external affairs for First Alert, the most trusted name in home
safety.* "For homes without hard-wired alarms, this law will help ensure that
Californians have better protection against such avoidable tragedies."

In addition to the 10-year sealed battery requirements, the bill also requires
smoke alarms and combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to display the
manufacture date, provide a place to write the date of installation on the
device, and incorporate a hush feature, beginning on January 1, 2015.

First Alert's P910 series of smoke alarms complies with all of these new state
requirements. Featuring a 10-year, sealed lithium ion battery, these alarms
offer maximum protection and convenience with a patented smoke entry system
and nuisance-free technology. In the case of false alarms, a mute button will
temporarily silence alarm activation. Additionally, the ultra-slim profiles
offer safety with a sense of style.

"Our P910 series alarms reflect today's trend toward more streamlined
profiles," said Hanson. "Measuring half the size of standard alarms, they
blend beautifully into any home décor, while packing all the power and
protection needed to keep what matters most safe and secure."

California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 745 in August 2013, which
superseded previous smoke alarm requirements throughout the state. Under this
bill, retailers will have until July 1, 2015, to deplete their inventory of
non-compliant alarms. For more information on California's new smoke and
carbon monoxide alarm requirements, visit www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

In addition to its new P910 series, First Alert/BRK Brands also manufactures a
comprehensive line of hard-wired smoke and combination smoke and carbon
monoxide alarms to meet other building requirements not affected by Senate
Bill 745. For more information, visit www.firstalert.com or
www.brkelectronics.com.

* First Alert Brand Trust Survey, April 2012 – Results are based on the
responses of 1,000 adults, ages 18 and older, living in the United States who
completed a telephone survey, April 26-29, 2012. Results are accurate to +/-3
percent points with a 95 percent confidence level and can be generalized to
the entire U.S. adult population. For more information or a copy of the
complete survey and results, contact Tim Young at LCWA: 312/565-4628 or
tyoung@lcwa.com.

BRK Brands, Inc. (Aurora, IL), is a fully owned subsidiary of Jarden
Corporation (Rye, NY) NYSE:JAH, a leading provider of niche consumer products
used in and around the home. For 50 years, BRK Brands, Inc. has been the
manufacturer of First Alert^®-branded home-safety products, the most trusted
and recognized safety brand in America. BRK^® Brands designs and develops
innovative safety solutions including Tundra^™ Fire Extinguishing Spray,
ONELINK^® wireless alarms and a comprehensive line of smoke alarms, carbon
monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and escape ladders to protect what matters
most. Such products are also marketed under the BRK Electronics^® brand, The
Professional Standard for the builder and contractor audiences.BRK Brands,
Inc. products are found in more than 30 countries worldwide. For more
information, visit http://www.firstalert.com, http://www.brkelectronics.com or
http://www.jarden.com.

About Jarden Corporation
Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of a diverse range of consumer
products with a portfolio of over 120 trusted, quality brands sold globally.
Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well
recognized brands, including: Outdoor Solutions: Abu Garcia®, AeroBed®,
Berkley®, Campingaz® and Coleman®, ExOfficio®, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Invicta®,
K2®, Marker®, Marmot®, Mitchell®, PENN®, Rawlings®, Shakespeare®, Stearns®,
Stren®, Trilene®, Völkl® and Zoot®; Consumer Solutions: Bionaire®, Breville®,
Crock-Pot®, FoodSaver®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®,
Patton®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, Sunbeam®, VillaWare® and White Mountain®; and
Branded Consumables: Ball®, Bee®, Bernardin®, Bicycle®, Billy Boy®, Crawford®,
Diamond®, Dicon®, Fiona®, First Alert®, First Essentials®, Hoyle®, Kerr®,
Lehigh®, Lifoam®, Lillo®, Loew Cornell®, Mapa®, NUK®, Pine Mountain®,
Quickie®, Spontex®, Tigex® and Yankee Candle®.Headquartered in Florida,
Jarden ranks #383 on the Fortune 500 and has over 30,000 employees
worldwide.For further information about Jarden, please visit www.jarden.com.

©2014 BRK Brands, Inc., Aurora, IL 60504. All rights reserved.
First Alert^® is a registered trademark of The First Alert Trust, Aurora, IL
60504.
BRK Electronics^® is a registered trademark of BRK Brands, Inc., Aurora, IL
60504.
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SOURCE First Alert

Website: http://www.firstalert.com
Contact: Samantha Frost or Lindsey Lucenta, L.C. Williams & Associates, P:
312-565-3900 or 800-837-7123, E: sfrost@lcwa.com or llucenta@lcwa.com
 
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