For all of you Marylanders who don’t stay up on fire laws (raises hand) we’ve got some important info for you today.
Recently Maryland passed a new fire safety law. The law requires “homeowners to replace existing battery-operated smoke alarms with ones containing a 10-year sealed battery.”
Probably you don’t have one of these long-life alarms in your home. Probably you live in a home where, at some point, you have wanted to smash the face off of your smoke alarm because of the beeping. The incessant my-battery-is-dying-and-I’m-alerting-you-for-your-own-good-beeping.
If you get yourself complaint with this law, you won’t have to worry about that anymore.
Here are some more things you need to know about fire safety in Maryland.
1. Smoke alarms really can save your life. Most fatal fires happen in homes where the smoke alarm didn’t work correctly.
2. Maryland residents need to be safer. Maryland experienced 39 fatal fires between the months of January and June 2013. Nearly half of the fire deaths that occurred in 2012 took place in homes that didn’t have a functioning smoke alarm.
3. Fire officials say you need to do a better job. Home owners need to replace their alarms every 10 years. That means, if you bought your house in 2002 and haven’t replaced your alarm (not just your battery), you need to. NOW.
4. There is a solution. With the new long-life, sealed alarms, you don’t have to worry about the batteries dying every few years. They last for 10 years and then you chuck the whole thing, replacing it with a new, battery-sealed unit.
5. We’re here to help! We’re giving away a Worry-Free Smoke Alarm from Kidde to one lucky winner! And a $15 Home Depot gift card to go with it (in case you need to get yourself a screwdriver or something to take the old one down!)
To Enter the contest:
1. Must be a Maryland resident (this is a Maryland law that was passed on 7/1/2013 so we want to help one of our peeps get into compliance!), meaning if we pick you and you want us to mail it to you, you have to give us an address in MARYLAND.
2. Leave a comments telling us when you last changed your smoke alarm battery. Or took a bat and banged it off of your ceiling to make the beeping stop. We don’t judge.
*Contest closes Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at midnight EST time. No purchase necessary. Open to all Maryland residents.