Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

Seattle, Denver Fire Chiefs Agree to Super Bowl Safety Challenge

When Denver and Seattle face each other in the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2, each city’s fire chiefs will be watching the Big Game for more than just bragging rights. Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade and Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean in coordination with Kidde Fire Safety, have agreed to a safety challenge that may help save lives. Kidde is a leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The chief of the winning team will receive 250 of Kidde’s Worry-Free 10-year Sealed Battery smoke alarms to install in at-risk homes throughout the city. The losing chief will receive 100 of the same alarms, and must install them wearing the ‘other team’s’ jersey.

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Both chiefs understand the importance of working smoke alarms. “Smoke detectors are residents’ best first defense against the dangers of smoke and fire,” said Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean. “A working smoke alarm will provide residents the vital early warning signal necessary for a safe evacuation from a burning home.”

“Just this morning, a Denver couple was woken up before 4 a.m. when a home fire activated their smoke alarms and prompted them to get out of the house and call 911,” said Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade. “We encourage all residents to replace smoke detectors every 10 years and test the batteries monthly.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of fire fatalities nationally occur in homes without smoke alarms or without working smoke alarms.  The main reason smoke alarms don’t sound in a fire is due to missing or dead batteries.

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Kidde’s Worry-Free alarms contain a sealed-in lithium proven to offer nonstop power for a decade. That means homeowners never have to replace a battery or hear a low battery chirp for 10 years. For more information, go to

About the Denver Fire Department:

Founded in 1866, the Denver Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality, timely, and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and the communities we serve, respecting each other through trust, pride, diversity, integrity, and training; and working together to achieve the highest levels of preparedness, prevention, and community involvement with a dedication to purpose.





About the Seattle Fire Department:

Organized in 1894, the Seattle Fire Department currently serves more than half a million people with 33 neighborhood fire stations. The mission of the Seattle Fire Department is to save lives and protect property through emergency medical service, fire and rescue response and fire prevention. We respond immediately when any member of our community needs help with professional, effective and compassionate service.





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About Kidde

Kidde is a leading manufacturer of residential smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, fire extinguishers, and has been delivering advanced fire safety technology for more than 90 years. Kidde is a business of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, and a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), which provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide. More information can be found at