Fire Chiefs Undertake ‘Super Safety Challenge’ for the Big Game

When the football teams from Carolina and Denver face each other this Sunday, the local fire chiefs will watch the game for more than just bragging rights. Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannon and Denver Fire Chief Eric Tate, in coordination with Kidde Fire Safety, have agreed to a safety challenge that may help save lives. Kidde, a leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The chief of the winning city’s team will receive 200 Kidde Worry-Free combination fire and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to install in homes in need throughout the city. The losing city’s chief will receive 50 of the same devices and must install them while wearing the other team’s jersey.

The Kidde combination alarm offers protection from both fire and CO in one unit with a clear voice notification that warns of each hazard. Unique intelligent sensing technology also helps reduce nuisance alarms. Like all Worry-Free models, it features a sealed-in lithium battery that powers the unit for 10 years.

Properly functioning smoke and CO alarms are critical in the winter – the peak time for house fires and CO poisoning. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fire fatalities in the U.S. occur in homes without smoke alarms or without working alarms, mainly due to dead or missing batteries. A working CO alarm is the only safe way to detect odorless, colorless and invisible carbon monoxide, which poisons more than 20,000 Americans every year. Both Colorado and Mecklenburg County (Charlotte) require CO alarms in homes.

“Families in these cities have prepared for this big game and we want to help them stay safe after as well,” said Neal Zipser, community affairs manager, Kidde. “Installing a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm with a long-life sealed battery offers protection from two hazards in one device. It is a simple step that can help save lives and Kidde is excited to work with these great cities on this challenge.”

Kidde’s Worry-Free alarms are the first comprehensive line of UL-listed smoke, carbon monoxide and combination alarms containing a sealed-in lithium battery 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

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