Be a Hero, Save a Hero: Take the pledge, learn fire safety basics


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Think you know the basics of home fire safety? You may think you know, but according to a recent survey, you probably don’t.

Here are some staggering results: About 74% of respondents to the survey, conducted by Kelton, did not know where to install smoke alarms in the home, while 43% said they didn't know how often to replace smoke alarms.

In response to these results, Kidde, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Help the Good Guys launched “Be a Hero, Save a Hero," a fire safety campaign to educate homeowners. Kidde is a manufacturer of residential fire safety products and a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies.

The "Be a Hero, Save a Hero" pledge urges homeowners to make sure their home has enough up-to-date and working fire safety equipment and to practice a home fire escape plan.

For each person who takes the pledge, Kidde will make a donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Help the Good Guys, two organizations dedicated to helping the families of injured and fallen firefighters. Kidde will donate up to $10,000 to each organization.

Kidde has also teamed up with Bucky Covington, former American Idol contestant, to encourage consumers to take the pledge, in conjunction with the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Covington is the spokesman for and an active supporter of Help the Good Guys.

"The sooner an alarm is heard after an emergency arises, the more time there is to respond. By taking the simple online pledge, consumers will know the steps to help be fire-safe and significantly increase the chance that they will have enough time to escape their house should a fire occur. With everyone out of the house, it decreases the chance a firefighter would be injured or killed trying to save a life," said Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Fighters Foundation. "National Fire Protection Association statistics show that two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working alarm, and the primary reasons smoke alarms fail to operate are dead or missing batteries."

Take the "Be a Hero, Save a Hero" pledge at AlarmPledge.com. You can also generate a donation by sharing your commitment via Facebook and Twitter, choosing to "Like" Kidde on Facebook, or by entering for the chance to win a six-day/five-night trip for two to the 2013 CMA Music Festival.

For more information on getting your home ready, check out Kidde’s Fire Safety page and this infographic.