National Safety Month and Fire Safety – The Results

As you know from my fire safety assessment post, June was National Safety Month, and I chose to take that time to assess the fire safety needs in my home. I turned to Kidde’s Home Safety resource to determine if our home had enough smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. What I found was startling.

I began the process with the following:

Basement level (fully finished with one bedroom): one smoke alarm at the bottom of the stairs outside of the furnace room.

First floor: one smoke alarm in the hallway between the kitchen and the foyer.

Second floor: one at the top of the stairs and in each of the four bedrooms.

Our only fire extinguisher in the home is in the kitchen pantry.

According to the laws of our county and the age of our home, we’re required to have the following: hardwired, interconnected smoke alarms with battery back-up outside each sleeping area and on every level. The first problem is that all smoke alarms should be replaced when they’re 10 years old, and ours are much older than that.

The Kidde Fire Safety page provides a guide for smoke alarm and fire extinguisher placement, which I used next to determine where we should install additional smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and place additional fire extinguishers or escape ladders.

Fire Safety Placement



According to Kidde, here are the fire safety basics for every family to remember:

  • Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, in hallways, inside bedrooms, and outside all sleeping areas.
  • Install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on each level of your home.
  • Keep fire extinguishers within reach. Primary extinguishers should be in living areas and your garage/workshop.

I found that we needed the following, available at the Kidde online store, from Amazon, and Home Depot:

  • A fire extinguisher in the garage.
  • An escape ladder in two additional bedrooms (we only had one in our daughter’s third floor bedroom).
  • A fire extinguisher in the furnace room.
  • A smoke alarm/CO alarm combo in the furnace room placed at least 15 feet from the furnace.
  • A fire extinguisher upstairs, perhaps in the laundry room.
  • A smoke alarm outside of upstairs bedrooms (we only had them inside the rooms).
  • Smoke alarms inside and outside of the basement bedroom.
  • A Worry-Free Kitchen alarm – combination smoke/CO in the kitchen.
  • New alarms to replace all seven smoke alarms installed when the house was built 15 years ago.

Thankfully, Kidde has everything on this list, from alarms to ladders.

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I also chose to install Kidde’s new RemoteLync Monitor, which provides remote notifications to my smartphone whenever a smoke or CO alarm is going off inside my home. Kidde’s RemoteLync device provides me with peace of mind knowing that I will receive an alert if there is a fire emergency in my home while I am away. The unit plugs into a wall outlet and listens for my existing smoke and CO alarms. If it hears an alarm going off, it contacts me via my phone as well as anyone else on my contact list such as my husband.

Have you assessed the fire safety needs of your home? What upgrades and updates could you use?

Disclosure: This post is part of a year-long sponsored ambassador campaign. All opinions are my own. Follow Kidde on social media at, on Twitter @KiddeSafety, and @kiddefiresafety on Instagram.

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  • It’s so important for kids to know where the fire extinguishers in your home are. And that remote monitor is very cool! Have you already set up an emergency plan in case of fire? If you have 60 seconds to get out, everyone in the home should know what to grab. Dad grabs important documents, mom grabs clothing (shoes or slippers, coats if it’s cold) and kids know where to wait for mom and dad when they get outside.

  • I didn’t know that you’re supposed to change your smoke detectors after ten years. I’m not sure how old my home’s smoke alarms are, but I’m pretty sure they’re older than they should be. I’ll be sure to inspect and replace them in the near future to keep my family safe. Thanks for the article!

  • I like your tip about making sure you install smoke detectors inside bedrooms, hallways, and outside any sleeping areas. My parents just moved into a new home this last winter. They noticed that they didn’t have any smoke alarms. After reading this, I’ll have to encourage them to buy some good quality smoke alarms for their house.

  • This is a great guide! I never had my house safety assessed before but with this idea, I thought of doing it right now, as we all know accidents happen all the time even you are very cautious it is still unavoidable. Thanks!