Home Fire Safety : Kidde Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Review

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Do you have a smoke alarm in your home? Do you have enough? How about Carbon Monoxide alarms? Are they working? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 1 in 5 homes that have smoke alarms are non-working units due to dead or disconnected batteries. How careless are with with home fire safety?

Did you know that 1/2 of the fire deaths in the USA happen in homes without smoke alarms? You and your family’s risk of dying is doubled if your home has no smoke alarms compared to home with according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. You need to protect your family with good home fire safety.

Where to Install Smoke Detectors

Maybe you have a smoke alarm. Do you know where to  install smoke detectors? When we moved into our home, there was 1 smoke alarm in the upstairs hallway. However, there were another 1/2 dozen in a closet, unused. We tossed them because smoke detectors have a life span of 10 years and we had no idea how old they were. Being not-so-smart, we didn’t replace them. Before this review, we had just 1 smoke detector, in our upstairs hallway. This is not enough.

Families have less than 3 minutes to escape a fire once the first smoke alarm sounds. That isn’t much time! If the fire starts downstairs and my family is asleep upstairs, we are wasting precious time waiting on the upstairs smoke detector to sound!

Where to Install Smoke Detectors:

  • On every floor of your home
  • In hallways
  • Inside and outside of bedrooms /sleeping areas.

We have always changed our batteries with the changing of the clocks, this seems to be the norm but also follow your smoke alarm’s manufacturer’s instructions. Another thing you can do for home fire safety is to gently vacuum your smoke alarm every month prevent dirt from blocking the sensor. I’ve never done this before but will add it to my cleaning list from now on.

Kidde Intelligent Alarm Review

Kidde Intelligent Alarm is a combination of Smoke, Fire, and Carbon Monoxide Alarm.  Now, a single devise can be installed where it use to take 2. The feature that I like most about this is that it is a voice alarm! It beeps then says, “Fire! Fire!” or “Warning! Carbon Monoxide!”


Th voice alarm is especially helpful if you have young children. It is easier for them to understand and for you to explain what the fire alarm is all about when they can hear the voice on the alarm. You can test the Kidde Intelligent Alarm so your kids can hear it and be familiar with it. In fact, you should test it monthly.

picture of Kidde Intelligent Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Kidde Intelligent Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

The Kidde Intelligent Alarm uses 2 technologies to provide your family with home fire safety. #1 It uses an ionization smoke sensor to detect smaller, less visible fire particles. #2 It uses an electrochemical sensor to
detect CO.

I decided to take down my old smoke alarm since I didn’t know how old it was. Good thing! It was from 2002, it was 10 years old and ready to be switched out.

picture of Installed Kidde Intelligent Alarm
Installed Kidde Intelligent Alarm

I am all about Home Fire Safety and going to be buying several more Kidde alarms for our bedrooms and downstairs.  Check out my articles on the Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher and Escape Ladder too.

Buy Kidde Intelligent Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Invest in your home fire safety by buying Kidde Intelligent Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm for every level of your home, and for each bedroom. It’s an investment that you won’t regret if you ever need it. It makes a thoughtful gift too.

This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Kidde who provided the product for review.

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