Fire Chiefs Participate in 'Super Safety Challenge'

Charlotte, NC
Shah-Khan, Cynthia
cshahkhan@ci.charlotte.nc.us
2/3/2016

WF-P3010K-CO-kitchen-1.jpgBoth cities to receive Kidde alarms; Chief from losing city will install one while wearing winner's jersey

There will be more than bragging rights on the line when the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7. Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan and Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade, in coordination with Kidde Fire Safety, agreed to a "Super Safety Challenge" that could save lives.

The chief of the winning team's city will receive 200 Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery smoke/carbon monoxide alarms to install in homes in need throughout the city. The losing city's chief will receive 50 of the same alarms and must install alarms while wearing the other team's jersey.

"Working smoke alarms are key when it comes to protecting lives and property," said Hannan. "I'm happy to participate in a friendly challenge where both Charlotte and Denver residents are the big winners. I'm also confident our Carolina Panthers will bring home the trophy, and Chief Tade will look great wearing our blue and black."

"Engaging in friendly competition in which our community members are the ultimate winners seems like the best way to celebrate the success our Denver Broncos have enjoyed thus far this season," said Tade. "Recent home fires in Denver have again reinforced the life-saving role that a working smoke detector plays in early notification."

Both chiefs understand the importance of properly functioning smoke alarms, especially in the winter – the peak time for house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fire fatalities in the U.S. occur in homes without smoke alarms, mainly due to dead or missing batteries. 

"An American dies in a home fire nearly every three hours," said Chris Rovenstine, vice president of marketing and sales, Kidde. "Installing a smoke alarm with a long-life sealed battery provides the warning needed in an emergency and eliminates the hassle of having to replace batteries. It is a simple step that can save lives and Kidde is excited to work with these great cities on this challenge."

Kidde's Worry-Free alarms contain 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 www.worryfreealarm.com.