Understanding the best ways to protect your home and family or your business from fire should always be at the top of your to-do list. From selecting fire extinguishers and smoke alarms to knowing your state’s laws, fire safety 101 begins now.
At home, place the power to put out small fires in your hands and within your reach.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), someone in the United States dies in a house fire every three hours, averaging approximately 3,000 deaths each year. Arm yourself with the right equipment to help prevent a small self-contained fire from spreading out of control.
Kidde is world-renowned for our expertise in manufacturing reliable, high-quality fire safety products, including fire extinguishers. In fact, with a history spanning nearly 100 years, we’ve been making them for longer than any other company. Here we’ll give you some tips on how to choose them – and how to use them.
A quick note on kitchen fire extinguishers
The majority of house fires start in the kitchen. But with the right fire extinguisher on hand they could end there, too. Kidde now has THE ONLY UL-LISTED KITCHEN FIRE EXTINGUISHER* that is approved for use with residential cooking equipment. Learn more.
Reliable fire safety equipment is part of every smart business plan.
Businesses come in different types and sizes. And as a global leader in fire safety equipment, Kidde offers fire extinguishers to meet the needs of almost all of them. Here we’ll help you decide which solutions fit your business, and we’ll show you how and when to use them.
Choosing a fire extinguisher
Below are the minimum business recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers (NFPA 10). Many cities and states require fire extinguishers with a minimum UL rating of 2-A:10-B:C in buildings. Check with your local fire authorities for the building code requirements in your area.
How to use fire extinguishers
When to use fire extinguishers
Use your extinguisher only to keep a small self-contained fire from growing, only when the room is not filled with smoke, or to create a safe pathway out of the building. Be sure to read the instructions and become familiar with your fire extinguisher's parts and operation before a fire breaks out.
Smoke alarms are one of the best and least expensive ways to provide early warning when a fire begins. When properly installed and maintained, smoke alarms can help prevent injuries and minimize property damage. And when you look at the facts, it’s clear that, in many cases, they mean the difference between life and death.
Nearly half of the nation's fire deaths occur in the four percent of homes that do not have smoke alarms. (NFPA)
The risk of dying in homes without smoke alarms is twice as high as it is in homes that have working smoke alarms. (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
To help ensure that your home is protected, take a few minutes to read about types of smoke alarms and tips for proper performance.
Ionization sensing alarms may detect invisible fire particles (associated with fast flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms.
Photoelectric sensing alarms may detect visible fire particles (associated with slow smoldering fires) sooner than ionization alarms.
Studies show both types will effectively detect either type of fire. For optimal protection, install both smoke alarm technologies in your home to maximize the chances of escape.
Kidde offers photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms, as well as a dual-sensor model, which incorporates both technologies.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in one out of five homes that have smoke alarms, none of the units work, mainly due to dead, missing or disconnected batteries. With this in mind, keeping your home safer is as simple as following a few tips.
Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, in hallways, inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas. On average, families have less than three minutes from the time the first smoke alarm sounds to escape a fire. The sooner you hear an alarm, the more time you will have to get out.
Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Alarms monitor the home every minute of every day and their lifespan is not infinite. If you don't know how old your alarm is, you should replace it.
Test your smoke alarm per manufacturer’s instructions and replace the batteries as needed.
Gently vacuum your smoke alarm monthly to prevent dirt from blocking the sensor.
Do not disable a smoke alarm in nuisance situations. Do not "borrow" smoke alarm batteries for other uses such as toys or radios.
Develop and practice a fire escape plan with the family, so that everyone knows what to do when the alarm sounds.
As a global leader in fire safety equipment, Kidde offers a wide range of smoke alarm options. To find the right solutions for your home Browse Kidde's Smoke Alarms today.
Don’t be a statistic. Be safe.
A fatal house fire occurs approximately every three hours in America, and more than 20,000 people are injured or die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning every year. The numbers may be alarming, but just a few steps can help shield your family from danger at home.
Use Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery alarms and never change a battery.
Choose the right alarm for the right location in every room and on each level.
Test alarms monthly. If using traditional battery-powered alarms, remember to replace batteries as needed, at least twice a year.
Install close to exits, and in the kitchen and garage. Include all locations where a fire may start.
Check the gauge monthly to be sure it is pressurized.
Replace fire extinguishers that are over 12 years old or after use.
Replace outdated alarms with Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery alarms.
Test alarms monthly.
Because CO weighs about the same as air, an alarm can be plugged into an outlet, placed on a table or shelf or mounted high on a wall. Refer to the user’s manual for installation instructions.
Practice regularly, both day and night.
Know 2 ways out of every room.
Know who will assist children and those with mobility/health issues.
Have escape ladders in upstairs rooms.
Simple Steps to Safety (PDF)
Fire Escape Plan Worksheet (PDF)
Fire Safety Checklist (PDF)
Do you know the fire safety laws in your state? You will now. Some states require carbon monoxide detectors in all homes. Some require both smoke alarms and CO detectors. And a few of them require other safety products. No matter where you live, it’s important to know the latest fire and CO safety laws and legislation in your state. Knowing the rules can ensure avoidance of any fines or penalties. And more importantly, it can save lives.