Kidde Worry-Free Line Expands to Detect the ‘Silent Killer’
Carbon monoxide sensor offers longest length of protection while eliminating common annoyances
Sometimes, the things you can’t see in your home can be the most hazardous. Germs. Dust mites. Mold. But one of the most dangerous things you can’t see in your home is carbon monoxide (CO), which can be deadly within minutes. Colorless, odorless and tasteless, CO is the leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in the U.S.
The only safe way to detect it is with a working CO alarm. And according to the U.S. Census, while 75% of all homes have a potential source of carbon monoxide (CO) – like a water heater, fireplace, furnace, generator or any other fuel-burning appliance – only half of U.S. homes have a working carbon monoxide alarm.
This spring, Kidde released its Worry-Free Carbon Monoxide Alarm, the first and only UL-listed CO alarm proven to provide up to 10 years of protection – up to twice the lifespan in other available alarms. Kidde’s Worry-Free CO alarms contain a sealed-in lithium battery that powers the alarm for a decade, eliminating annoying low-battery chirps while helping to keep your loved ones safe.
A recent survey conducted on behalf of Kidde found homeowners’ primary frustration is hearing a low battery chirp, especially late at night. Yet, homeowners don’t automatically replace the battery. Seven percent say they’d be more likely to disconnect the battery than insert a new one.
The Kidde Worry-Free CO alarms monitor CO levels even during power outages and will sound an end-of-life warning after 10 years. This required warning notifies consumers to replace the unit.
“Carbon monoxide alarms save lives,” said J. William Degnan, state fire marshal, New Hampshire and president, National Association of State Fire Marshals. “Consumers with battery-operated CO alarms should use 10-year batteries in tamper-resistant units to help ensure that they are protected from the silent killer.”
When we moved into our new house a few years ago my husband insisted that we install a CO alarm on both stories. We bought two new alarms and installed them in strategic locations. I didn’t really appreciate the importance of CO alarms until a coworker experienced a personal tragedy related to CO poisoning. A young family of four that were close friends with her family all died from CO poisoning while on vacation. A couple and their two young children all went to sleep and didn’t wake up. And although they were staying away from home, that preventable tragedy could have been avoided with a functioning CO alarm.
As a mother of two young children, the loss of such young lives resonates with me closely. As parents we do everything reasonable to prevent injuries to our children; seat belts, gates, helmets, sunblock, car seats, outlet covers, etc. A CO alarm is another essential safety tool we all need to invest in to keep our children, and ourselves safe. I would even go so far as to say that a CO monitor is an essential safety purchase for every parent.
Two models of the Kidde Worry-Free Carbon Monoxide Alarm are available at The Home Depot. Suggested retail prices range from $40 to $50. Given that the batteries do not need to be replaced for 10 years, this CO alarm is absolutely worth every penny.
Christine is our in house baby product reviewer. She has two children that are quite adorable, one is 3 1/2 months old and the other is three and in my son’s preschool class. When she’s not taking maternity leave she works at the local children’s hospital