Imagine your child was just recently born and you had a guarantee for the next 10 years that you wouldn’t have to do anything to keep him or her safe. Impossible right? I think from the moment of conception, we as parents start to worry. Will we be good parents? Will we know all the right things to say in tough situations? How will we face adversity? Will we rise to the occasion or fail miserably? Can the relationship between ourselves and our children remain strong through it all? Will we be able to keep them safe from harm?

In the hospital, we were insulated from the outside world. There were nurses and doctors checking up on us every day. We also had the option to send our son to the nursery if it became too much and my wife wanted to rest. It was nice to be able to not worry. The only thing was we knew that it couldn’t continue. Eventually, we would have to leave and we would have to introduce him to the outside world, and that was scary.

I remember strapping our first born into his car seat and driving off from the hospital. I had pulled away from the hospital like I was transporting eggs and old dynamite. The first pothole I hit was a wake-up call that I wouldn’t be able to protect him from everything, that sometimes life is unpredictable and that preparing myself for what I could face was the best strategy as a new parent.

There are some things we can do to protect our children. We baby-proof the house, we cover outlets and got rid of choking hazards, and we locked up cabinets with potentially harmful substances. In all of these instances, these are things that we can see and prepare for. We got this parenting thing down and our kids are safe!

What about those things that lurk around the corner? What about things we can’t see? This is the case with carbon monoxide, the silent killer. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S. claiming more than 400 lives each year. In addition, more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room and over 4,000 are hospitalized due to accidental CO poisoning annually. It’s accidental poisoning because without an alarm we would have no idea that it’s there. That’s why we asked National At Home Dad Network members if they had CO alarms in their homes and if they ever had issues with them.

I have one in the garage (attached garage) with the furnace, dryer, hot water tank etc. I really should get one in the house though. —Micah Adams

CO is produced any time fuel is burned and since two-thirds of Americans use gas, wood, kerosene, or another fuel source to heat their homes, there is always that potential risk for CO poisoning. Seems like a no-brainer right? There ought to be some sort of way to monitor CO levels. One of our convention sponsors, Kidde has a solution for you, their Worry Free Plug-In Carbon Monoxide alarms simply plug into an outlet and supplies a warning of this odorless, invisible gas.


Here’s the really scary thing, CO poisoning may seem like just a sickness spreading through your family. CO is odorless, tasteless and invisible and people often mistake symptoms for the flu. If a person is suffering from CO poisoning, a person will feel confused or dizzy, nauseated, blurred vision, develop headaches, sleepiness, vomiting or weakness. The only safe way to detect CO is with a working alarm and experts recommend installing one on each floor and near sleeping areas.

A long time ago before kids, when I lived alone and could do such things as sleep in, I started feeling really, really tired in the mornings – more than normal. I was having flu like symptoms each morning, but as soon as I got to work I was fine. I bought a CO alarm that had a ppm display and soon as I plugged it in, it started beeping. I was on the low end of the CO scale, but that was my problem. People always concern themselves with levels of CO that can kill you, but for growing young minds and tired adults acute CO poisoning can have lifelong effects. I will always have a CO detector for that reason. — Josh Stewart

How are Kidde alarms any better than what is out there? Each alarm contains a CO sensor proven to last 10 years – the longest life available as well as a lithium battery built into the device to provide continuous backup power for an entire decade. No low battery alarms and no hunting around the house for that incessant chirping trying to figure out which alarm it belongs to like an insane game of Marco Polo.

We have had two CO alarms in our house and the only issue is when the batteries are dying, it is usually in the middle of the night. Nothing like attempting to figure out which alarms are chirping at 2:00 a.m. in the morning! — Robb Tavill

Not only that, but Kidde customized each alarm for different areas in your home including a bedroom model that contains a voice warning in addition to the traditional beeping sound; the hallway model contains a combination nightlight and escape light. The nightlight activates during low light conditions and the higher intensity escape light activates during alarm situations. As far as CO alarm standards go, one battery -powered alarm or AC-powered alarm with battery backup should be installed on each level of a home and near sleeping areas.

 I have a CO detector on every level of my home and in all three of our investment properties. Not only is it the law (in Minneapolis), it also is common sense. In the basements, I use a combo CO/explosive gas detector. —Adam Nafziger

 With winter coming, CO poisoning becomes more of a threat. Cooped up inside with windows often shut tight, all it takes is a cracked flue, un-vented space heater, clogged chimney, or improperly installed or faulty gas clothes dryer, furnace, or water heater to produce CO inside your home. And, let’s not forget in the winter when there are power outages and people take short cuts to get through it. In some cases, people use gas or a wood burning fireplace to heat their homes during a power outage or a generator too close to their home. In both cases there is always that potential risk of CO accumulating in your house because of burning fuel.


The outside world is full of surprises and there are certain things we can’t protect our kids from.

When it comes to CO poisoning this winter and beyond, Kidde wants to help protect you. They offer a Worry Free CO alarm that gives you peace of mind with its sealed-in battery that last 10 years and doesn’t need changing for the lifespan of the alarm. Here are reasons why you should trust in Kidde CO alarms.

  • Goodbye late night low battery chirps: The lithium battery is sealed inside the unit, tamper proof and proven to last 10 years, meaning no low battery chirps or battery replacement.
  • Longest Sensor Life Available: Carbon monoxide sensor is proven effective for 10 years – nearly twice as long as some models.
  • Money Savings: Save up to $40 in battery costs over the life of each alarm.
  • Quick and Easy Installation: Simply remove activation tab and plug in to standard AC outlet.
  • Always On: 24 hours/day, seven days/week protection from CO.

Stop by the Kidde table at the National At Home Dad Convention in Raleigh, October 7th-9th, to learn more about protecting your home and ensuring your family is safe with Kidde products. Kidde will also be giving out a coupon (15 percent off) for their location based CO alarm with the safety light. Go to and search for WF CO Hallway Alarm, use promo code: HomeDadCon.

If you and your kids want to learn more about fire safety, you can also head to your local Home Depot stores in the month of October for a kid-friendly fire safety workshop that is completely FREE.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Kidde as part of their support for HomeDadCon 2016, the 21st Annual At-Home Dads Convention, taking place Oct. 7-9 in Raleigh, NC.  The promo code is 15% off on for the Worry Free Plug-In Carbon Monoxide Hallway alarm. The coupon code will end on October 31, 2016.