This week is National Fire Prevention Week, of which we are especially mindful this year because one of our neighbors recently had a terrible fire at home. The thing mentioned by all who witnessed it was how quickly the fire grew, spread and engulfed the home, including a truck parked in the driveway. Thankfully, no one was injured.
It is so important to get as much advanced warning as possible of a fire and, of course, to get out of the house as quickly and safely as possible. So please if you could take a moment, as we just did during this week, to make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home and that they are installed in all the recommended areas.
The National Fire Protection Association website says to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area.
Now there is one more thing I want to mention, and see if this doesn’t sound familiar: When we cook, we tend to set off our smoke alarms. And as you may or may not know, we cook a lot. When we checked the status of our smoke alarms recently, we found two had been removed from the wall. One was on a bookshelf, the other on the floor, and obviously neither were ever put back where they belonged.
Apparently, we aren’t the only ones with this problem. Friends of ours who bake bread often tell us their kids say, “We always know the bread’s done when the smoke alarm goes off and mom takes it off the wall.” What we’ve learned this week is these false alarms are known as nuisance alarms and after a few high pitched, high decibel nuisance alarms, the tendency for many folks is to disable the offending alarm by removing it or by removing its battery.
Which is why, during this Fire Prevention Week, Mama Latina Tips is teaming up with the folks at Universal Security Instruments in order to raise awareness.
Because the problem is so serious. A survey by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states smoke alarms sounded in only half of the home-fires reported to U.S. fire departments, and almost two-thirds of home-fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Check out this interesting short video about nuisance alarms and the IoPhic® alarm included in today’s giveaway:
So we are pleased to be teaming up also with Universal Security Instruments to provide this great giveaway during National Fire Prevention Week:
One winner will win a set (up to 6 alarms) of the state-of-the-art, breakthrough smart technology, new IoPhic® smoke and fire alarms for their home, the only alarms to virtually eliminate nuisance alarms while helping to protect families from both fast flaming and slow smoldering fires. IoPhic® uses a unique microprocessor technology to help distinguish nuisance alarms from real fires and includes a patent-pending Universal Smoke Sensing Technology.
To participate for your chance to win one (1) set of IoPhic® smoke and fire alarms for your home (up to 6 in a set) is easy. Just leave me a comment telling me a fire safety tip (if nothing comes to mind, you can check a few out at SmokeandGasAlarms.com here). That’s it! That is your required entry.
Would you like more opportunities to win? I have a few of those, too! These entries are optional:
- Like Universal Security Instruments on Facebook – 1 entry
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- Share the link of this giveaway in your facebook page – 1 entry
- Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following:
Enter for the chance to win a set of IoPhic® smoke & fire alarms @mamalatina http://www.mamalatinatips.com/?p=3063
(one tweet per day, just please leave me a comment for each with the link of the tweet) 1 entry per tweet.
Please leave me a comment for your required entry and for each option (1,2, 3, 4 and/or 5), so I know how many entries you have, thanks.
This giveaway will end on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST. No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email. Winner must respond to notification email within 3 days or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited. Entries/Comments that do not follow the submission guidelines will be invalid. Have fun and good luck!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored, we also received a set of IoPhic® smoke and fire alarms. As always my comments, opinions and concern for my family’s safety are my own. Please check out Mama Latina Tips’ Information Purposes Legal Disclosure.