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No need to change batteries in newest smoke alarms

Photo caption: Kidde “Worry-Free” alarms have 10-year sealed batteries that never need changing.

(NC)— Keeping your family safe just got a whole lot easier. A new line of 'worry-free' smoke alarms addresses the most common complaints about current devices, namely: “They go off when I cook; They chirp in the middle of the night when the battery needs changing; I don't know which alarm to install where; and, I'm not sure when to replace them.”

Based on consumer research, leading home fire safety company Kidde developed new models that substantially reduce nuisance alarms by using “intelligent” photoelectric technology. This new technology is deemed to be better at determining if smoke is from a real fire or another source. As well, new product packaging clearly suggests where to install each model. And, alarms will now chirp near the end of their 10-year lifespan, reminding you it's time to replace them.

But the loudest kudos from consumers and firefighters relate to the 10-year sealed lithium batteries built into the “worry-free” alarms. They cannot be removed and most importantly, they never need to be changed for the entire lifespan of the alarm.

“Consumers spoke and we listened,” says Carol Heller, a home fire safety expert for Kidde. “Homeowners love the convenience of never having to replace batteries and they appreciate the money that they save. The new line includes carbon monoxide alarms too.”

More information and family safety tips are found at www.safeathome.ca.

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