Devastation from Winter Storm Uri continues in Texas. In Harris County, the state’s most populous county and home to Houston, hundreds of cases of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning have been reported and thousands remain without power. In response, Kidde, in partnership with KTRK ABC-13 Houston, is donating 750 CO alarms and 250 smoke alarms to the Houston Fire Department as part of the Operation Save A Life program, a public service initiative designed to educate consumers on the dangers of fire and CO poisoning. Houston city and metro area residents can request an alarm by calling their local fire department. Kidde is a foremost manufacturer of residential smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, and safety accessories, and is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, the foremost global provider of healthy, safe, and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. CO and Fire Hazards People should remain mindful of potential CO and fire dangers and how to avoid them Often called “the silent killer,” CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can be lethal to humans and pets. The risk of unintentional CO poisoning increases when temperatures plunge and home heating systems run for longer than usual. CO poisoning can also result when appliances that use CO-producing sources – including natural gas, kerosene, propane, coal, and gasoline – are used incorrectly or malfunction. "During a power outage, people often turn to alternative ways to heat and light their homes but if used incorrectly, it can have devastating effects,” said Sharon Cooksey, Marketing and Communications Manager for Kidde. “It’s extremely important that people remain mindful of potential CO and fire dangers and how to avoid them, which includes installing CO alarms throughout the home.” To help protect people and pets from CO and fire hazards before, during, and after a winter storm, Kidde shares the following advice: Before a storm, test all smoke and CO alarms and fire extinguisher gauges to ensure your home fire safety equipment is properly working. Replace if necessary. Place generators outdoors. Install your generator outdoors at least 20 feet from the home with the exhaust pointing away from the house. Only operate the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions when using generators. Consider flameless candles. A safe alternative to traditional wick candles is battery-operated flameless candles. If using traditional candles, keep them at least 12 inches from anything flammable. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or the house, or when going to sleep. Grill outdoors only. Place your grill at least 10 feet from the home and make sure it is clear of any vents that could carry CO into the home. The garage is not a CO-free space. Gasoline-powered cars can emit CO, even with the door open. Move running or to idle cars at least 20 feet away from the home. Know the signs of CO poisoning. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning in people often mirror those of the common flu and include things like headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. In pets, initial symptoms include nausea/vomiting, dizziness, or labored breathing, among others. If your CO alarm sounds or you suspect CO in your home, evacuate your home immediately and call 911. Install CO alarms throughout the home. CO can travel anywhere in the home – even through drywall – so most often, one alarm is not enough. It's best to install CO alarms throughout the entire home with at least one on every level and consider including in living areas, bedrooms, and hallways outside sleeping areas. Replace alarms after 7-10 years, depending on the model. While testing alarms once a week and ensuring batteries are replaced are critical steps, replacing every alarm at a minimum of 7-10 years is paramount. If you cannot remember the date you installed your alarms, simply check the manufacturing date – commonly located on the back of the alarm – and add 7-10 years, depending on the model. Please check your manufacturer's user guide.
Each year, unintentional poisoning from carbon monoxide (CO) - a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can be lethal to humans and pets - kills at least 430 people in the U.S. and sends about 50,000 people in the U.S. to the hospital. As part of Carrier's Healthy Homes Program, and to make people more aware of the dangers of CO poisoning and how to prevent it in both their two- and four-legged family members, Kidde is recognizing CO Awareness Week from November 1-7, 2020. Residential smoke alarms Kidde, a manufacturer of residential smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, and safety accessories, is part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. The risk of unintentional CO poisoning increases when temperatures plunge and home heating systems run for longer than usual. However, while unintentional CO poisoning incidents usually spike during the winter, the autumn months still present dangers, whether they're from heating systems during an early snap of cold weather, late summer season grilling incidents or the misuse of generators in areas impacted by late-season hurricanes. In fact, 2020 has been a busy hurricane season, with 27 named storms to date, making the importance of CO safety even more important. Preventing CO incidents CO is often called the 'silent killer' because it's extremely difficult to detect without an alarm" "CO is often called the 'silent killer' because it's extremely difficult to detect without an alarm," said Sharon Cooksey, marketing and communications manager, Kidde. "That's why Kidde is committed to educating consumers about CO this week, and always, particularly as people remain at home as a result of COVID-19. According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Americans were spending 90% of their time indoors, and 65% at home, even before the pandemic. It's important to understand how to prevent CO incidents, how to detect CO in your home, and how to recognize symptoms of CO poisoning in your family and pets." Symptoms of CO poisoning Like their owners, pets are susceptible to CO poisoning, too - yet, according to a survey commissioned by Kidde and conducted online by The Harris Poll, among more than 1,300 U.S. pet owners and more than 500 Canadian pet owners, 53% of U.S. pet owners surveyed are not confident they could identify the symptoms of CO poisoning in their pets. Further, 36% of pet owners surveyed do not have or do not know if they have a CO alarm in their home, and 79% of U.S. pet owners surveyed do not know CO alarms should be replaced every 7 to 10 years, depending on the model. Most common symptoms To help protect people and pets from CO, Kidde shares the following advice: Know the signs of CO poisoning - The most common symptoms of CO poisoning in people often mirror those of the common flu and include things like headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. In pets, initial symptoms include nausea/vomiting, dizziness, or labored breathing, among others. Take steps to prevent CO poisoning at home, including: Regularly inspect appliances. CO sources include natural gas, kerosene, propane, coal and gasoline. Have appliances checked regularly, such as stoves, furnaces, and washer-dryers, to ensure they're properly installed and not malfunctioning. Keep chimneys clear of animal nests, leaves and residue to ensure proper venting. Have all fireplaces cleaned and inspected annually. Never leave the car motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage - even if it's cold outside. Only use grills and generators outside home, including attached garages (even if the garage door is open). Place grills at least 10 feet away from the home and generators at least 20 feet away from the home to help keep CO from entering the living spaces. Install CO alarms throughout the home. CO can travel anywhere in the home - even through drywall - so most often, one alarm is not enough. It's best to install CO alarms throughout the entire home with at least one on every level, and consider including in living areas, bedrooms and hallways outside sleeping areas. If the alarm sounds or if one suspects CO at home, evacuate home immediately and call 911. Replace alarms every 7-10 years. While testing alarms once a week and ensuring batteries are replaced are critical, replacing every alarm at a minimum of 7-10 years is paramount. If one cannot remember the date they installed the alarm, check the manufacturing date - commonly located on the back of the alarm - and add 7-10 years, depending on the model.
Kidde is pleased to announce the expansion of its public service campaign, Operation Save A Life, to Palm Beach County, Florida - the future home of the new UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings and world headquarters for UTC Climate, Controls & Security, of which Kidde is a part. Designed to educate consumers on the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide (CO), Operation Save A Life delivers smoke and CO alarms to at-risk residents in the community. Operation Save A Life is sponsored by Kidde, WPBF 25, local fire departments and The Home Depot. Kidde, a renowned manufacturer of residential fire safety products, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. As part of the program, Kidde will donate 3,000 smoke alarms with 10-year sealed-in batteries and 500 carbon monoxide alarms to Palm Beach County area fire departments, which will distribute and install the alarms in homes throughout the community. fire safety products And we recognize that with leadership comes a responsibility to the communities we serve" Since 2002, Kidde has donated more than 1.3 million alarms through Operation Save A Life to fire departments across the country. “Kidde is a world leader in the fire safety products industry,” says Sharon Cooksey, Communications Manager, Kidde. “And we recognize that with leadership comes a responsibility to the communities we serve. That’s why we actively give back through charitable programs like Operation Save A Life.” simplify protection The same Kidde solutions donated to the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue will also be on display within the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings. “Our sealed-in batteries eliminate the need for battery replacement and simplify protection,” adds Cooksey. “Together, we will help save even more lives this year in Palm Beach County and in the years to come.”