Top 10 Home Annoyances (+ Kidde Smoke Alarms Giveaway)

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Living in a 34 year old townhome with 7 people, I deal with a fair share of annoyances…and I’m a relatively patient person (just don’t ask my kids or my husband their opinion on my patience level…).

Patience (or lack of it) aside, there are a few things around the house that set me off more than anything else, and around here it seems like at least ONE of the items on this list is happening on any given day.

Top 10 Things That Annoy Me At Home

  1. lightbulb Finding the toilet seat up OR the toilet seat down with pee all over it (the curse of living with boys!).
  2. Discovering that no one replaced the empty roll of toilet paper…when it’s already too late.
  3. Having to listen to the chirp of the smoke detector while you’re trying to sleep (do the batteries ever run out during the day?).
  4. Missing socks (they HAVE to be somewhere in the house, right?!).
  5. Realizing that someone left the freezer or refrigerator door open….after a full night sleep.
  6. Finding all of the cabinet doors in the kitchen wide open (watch your head!).
  7. Disappearing keys.
  8. Ringing phones that you can’t find…or missing phones with the ringer turned off. Grr.
  9. Finding caked-on boogers on the wall. Yes, it happens more than I’d like to admit (though the frequency is going down now that the kids are getting older).
  10. Replacing lightbulbs that go out…constantly.

I’m not alone in being annoyed by these things, am I?

I didn’t think so.

Smoke Alarm low-battery chirps – Annoying enough?

Are your smoke alarm low-battery warnings annoying enough? Sounds like a silly question to ask….but according to a survey of 1000 homeowners, Kidde found that many homeowners aren’t replacing their smoke alarm batteries often enough – even when that annoying chirp goes off (see below for specific details on what they discovered). A chirping smoke alarm is more than just a “home annoyance” – it’s a sign that batteries need to be replaced to keep your family and whole house safe from potentially deadly fires.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics indicate that the primary reasons smoke alarms fail to operate in home structure fires is a missing/disconnected battery (50%) and dead/discharged battery (23%).

This fall, Kidde has just launched a line of Worry-Free Smoke Alarms, which offer a variety of benefits to the millions of Americans who rely on continuous battery-powered smoke and fire detection in their homes. The new alarms are powered by sealed-in, long-life lithium batteries for 10 years (the life of the alarm).

Kidde WORRYFREE smoke alarms group shot

Not knowing enough about smoke alarms translates into not doing enough for fire protection.

Not Playing by the Rules. Smoke alarms should be placed on every floor and inside and outside of every sleeping area – however, less than a quarter (22%) have applied this rule in their homes.

On the Wrong Calendar. Nearly one in ten (6%) actually admit that they never change their smoke alarm batteries at all. And half (50%) who take this action do it less often than every six months, which is the recommended time period.

Not Very Quick. What’s more, one in three (33%) homeowners say that if they heard a low-battery chirp, they would not be extremely likely to replace the battery within 24 hours. Ignoring the Issue. Seven percent even confess that upon hearing a low-battery sound, they’d be more likely to disconnect the alarm than install a new battery.

Leaving Themselves Unsafe. So it may come as no surprise that more than six in ten (61%) have been known to leave their alarm without a working battery; 46 percent of these folks have let this task go for longer than a day.

About Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarms

  • Always On: 24 hr/day, 7 day/week protection from smoke and fire
  • Decade of protection: sealed lithium battery provides 10 years of continuous power
  • Maintenance-free, hassle-free: never replace a battery during the alarm’s operating life and no need to worry about the batteries being removed
  • Goodbye late night low battery chirps: an end-of-life chirp tells you when it’s time to replace the alarm
  • Location-based attributes make it simple to select the right alarm for the right location in your home
  • Money savings: no batteries to buy and replace every six months, save up to $40 over the life of the alarm
  • Quick and easy installation: simply twist the alarm onto the mounting bracket and it activates

Overall Product Line Features

  • Kidde smoke alarms worry free bedroom-unit UL Listed
  • 85 decibel alarm
  • Only UL-listed alarms to contain a photoelectric smoke sensor that is programmed to reduce nuisance alarms
  • Only smoke alarms with SEALED long-life lithium battery to prevent tampering or removal; operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week for a decade
  • Test-Reset Button tests the alarm circuitry and horn. Resets memory after alarm has sounded.
  • End-of-life signal chirps every 30-45 seconds when alarm needs replaced
  • Deactivation switch disables the alarm and makes the batteries safe for disposal once the unit has reached the end of its 10-year life. Tamper resistant feature prohibits a disabled alarm from being placed back onto the mounting bracket.
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Connect with Kidde:

Website: www.kidde.com
Twitter: @Kiddesafety
Fabebook: Facebook.com/Kidde

Enter to WIN a 2-pack of Kidde smoke alarms

Enter the Rafflecopter form below to take part in this giveaway for a 2-pack of Kidde Worry-Free smoke alarms (valued at $25-$50 each or $50-$100 for the 2-pack). This giveaway will end at midnight on November 24, 2012 and is open to residents of the US only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure: I received a Kidde Worry-Free smoke alarm for the bedroom and a gift card to facilitate my post, but the thoughts (and home annoyances!) included here are my own.

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© 2012, Lolli. All rights reserved.

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I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between. You can also find me writing at Home Made Simple, Famous Footwear blog and P&G Everyday. *Add my posts to BlogLovin' or Feedly today!*

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  1. 10 yr battery

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  2. The sealed lithiumbattery.

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  3. Photoelectric smoke sensor that is programmed to reduce nuisance alarms is definately a plus.

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  4. Oh my goodness I’m nodding my head at all of them except 9. My daughter is only 2, so I haven’t gotten there yet! haha

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  5. i like the end of life signal
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  6. I think my favorite feature would be the Decade of protection: sealed lithium battery provides 10 years of continuous power, most items house cheap batteries so knowing it is ten yrs of assurance is good
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  7. We too have had problems with smoke alarms… This sounds like an awesome product that I would love to have. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. These are my favorite. You can reset the alarm once it has gone off. They operate 24 hours a day and especially at night when everyone is sleeping. I would love to have a set of these in my home!

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  9. This is my favorite~Test-Reset Button tests the alarm circuitry and horn. Resets memory after alarm has sounded.
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  10. These are the features are my favorites – Tamper resistant feature prohibits a disabled alarm from being placed back onto the mounting bracket and Operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week for a decade!

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