As dads, protecting our families and households are at the top of our priority lists. We install outlet covers and gates at the top and bottom of stairs. We teach our kids to look both ways before crossing the street and what to do if a stranger speaks to them. And when the smoke alarm chirps at 2am, we run to the convenience store for a 9-volt battery and replace it so we can get back to sleep, thinking our family is safe.

Kidde is presenting at the 20th Annual At-Home Dads Convention to remind us that changing batteries in our smoke alarms is not enough for a complete home safety plan.

According to the National Fire Protection Associaton (NFPA), half of home fire deaths occur between 11pm and 7am when many families are asleep. If you are awakened by smoke or a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm and don’t have a plan, you’re family may be at greater risk.

Kidde, a leading manufacturer of fire safety products, believes in empowering people to take steps to help protect their families from home fires and CO poisoning. Kidde provides innovative technologies and quality home safety equipment to help protect you in the event of a potential emergency.

To #BeFireSafe, Kidde recommends each dad implement these four simple safety steps to promote fire and CO awareness with their families.

Step 1: Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half. The key word here is working. NFPA cites missing or disconnected batteries are the main reason smoke alarms fail to operate in residential fires. Smoke alarms don’t last forever. They need to be replaced every 10 years. Yes, even hard-wired smoke alarms.

On average, families have less than three minutes from the time the first smoke alarms sound to escape a fire. The sooner you hear an alarm, the more time you may have to get out. That’s why smoke alarms are so important.

Step 2: Place Fire Extinguishers Within Reach Throughout Your Home

Make sure you have fire extinguishers on each level of your home, close to exits, in the kitchen and the garage. Replace them every 12 years and inspect them monthly, including checking the gauge monthly (it should be within the green).

Does your family spend time in the kitchen cooking and baking together? While cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries, according to the NFPA, only an estimated 25% of U.S. households have a kitchen fire extinguisher.

Not sure how to choose the right fire extinguisher or even how to use one? Check out the FX resources page available on the Kidde website.

Step 3: Install Carbon Monoxide AlarmsKidde Home Safety Product Guide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “silent killer” because it is odorless,  colorless and tasteless. The only safe way to detect it in your home is with a working CO alarm. Install at least one CO alarm on every level of your home and near sleeping areas.

DID YOU KNOW? Early symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu, and are often misdiagnosed. Headaches, nausea, fatigue and dizziness are all non-specific symptoms.

Step 4: Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

Gather at the table with the members of your family. Bring some drawing supplies and work together to develop an escape plan.

Draw a map of your home showing all the doors and windows. Visit each room and identify two ways out. All windows and doors should open easily so that you can use them to get outside.

Confirm a family meeting place outside at the front of your home. Be sure to make a plan for every room in the house and practice it regularly (during the day and at night). Be familiar with who will assist children and those with mobility/health issues.

OPTIONAL: Install the RemoteLync™ Monitor

Stay connected to what’s happening at home while you’re away. The RemoteLync™ Monitor from Kidde plugs into an outlet and listens for your existing smoke and CO alarms. When triggered, it uses your home’s Wi-Fi to alert you and designated contacts via a free app downloaded on a phone or tablet.

Connect with Kidde Fire Safety Online

You’re busy. Family, life events and DIY projects take up the minutes of your days, and without realizing it, you’ve forgotten to implement simple steps to make your home safer. That’s why the folks at Kidde make it a priority to share fire and carbon monoxide safety tips to protect your family and home. Follow Kidde on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Practice Fire Safety with Your Family for a chance to win a Kidde Prize Pack!

Show us how you choose to be fire safe at home with your family. Follow @KiddeFireSafety and post your picture to Instagram with the hashtag #BeFireSafe for a chance to win a Kidde Prize Pack. Learn more: bit.ly/NAHDNbefiresafe.

Upcoming Twitter Chat

Join our conversation with Kidde on Twitter on October 9, 2 to 3pm EST.

Handles: @KiddeSafety @HomeDadNet

Hashtag: #BeFireSafe

Connect with Kidde

Kidde is always looking for passionate safety advocates, and they’d be happy to explore future partnership opportunities. Get in touch with them by sending a simple DM on Twitter.

For more information on what to expect during this year’s convention, please visit www.AHDCon.com and follow #AHDCon on Twitter.