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    This Daylight Saving Season Do Not Fall Behind in Fire Safety

    Madison, WI - Nov 4, 2010

    THIS DAYLIGHT SAVING SEASON DON’T FALL BEHIND IN FIRE SAFETY

    Rayovac Offers Fire Safety Tips and Tools

    Madison, WIS. November 4, 2010, 2010 – Daylight-saving time, which ends Sunday, November 7, is a perfect time to ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly.  When “falling behind” this year be sure to stay one step ahead on fire safety by swapping out the old batteries in those life-saving devices for fresh ones. 

    Families should also take the time to create or review their fire safety plan.  According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, 40% of all home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, while nearly one quarter (23%) resulted from homes in which smoke alarms were present but did not operate.  Smoke spreads fast; smoke alarms give you time to get out of the house.  In fact, working smoke alarms can almost double the chances of surviving a house fire.

    To help empower family fire safety, Rayovac is offering helpful fire safety tips and tools at rayovac.com.  In addition to changing the 9-volt alkaline batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and testing the devices to ensure they are in optimal working condition, be sure you have a home fire escape plan.  The online Rayovac fire safety center offers fire safety tips to incorporate in your fire escape plan that should include an escape route and a family meeting spot. As part of the plan, safety experts recommend you create a fire safety kit.  The kit, which needs to be “freshened up” each year, should contain a working flashlight for each family member as well as a supply of fresh batteries.

    One and Done

    For consumers who prefer not to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors annually, Rayovac offers a reliable and guaranteed 10-year smoke alarm battery.  Featuring state-of-the-art lithium battery technology which offers a significantly longer shelf life, the Rayovac lithium 9-volt battery is for use in ionization smoke detectors.  Available at Home Depot, the Rayovac 10-year smoke alarm has a higher energy density and flatter discharge voltage curve which extends life and power source for years. 

    Other smoke alarm safety tips include:

    • Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
    • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone knows their sound.  If an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. 
    • Replace smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, including alarms that use 10-year batteries as well as hard-wired alarms, every 10 years, or sooner if they are not responding properly.  
    • If cooking fumes or steam sets off the smoke alarm, replace it with an alarm that has a "hush" button. A "hush" button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.  It is recommended that an ionization alarm with a hush button or a photoelectric alarm be used if the alarm is within 20 feet of a cooking appliance. 
    • Be sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

    About Rayovac

    Rayovac is a trusted brand of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., a top manufacturer of consumer batteries in the United States and Latin America.  Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. is a global consumer products company and a leading supplier of batteries, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn & garden and home pest control products, personal insect repellents and portable lighting.  Helping to meet the needs of consumers worldwide, included in its portfolio of widely trusted brands are Rayovac®, Remington®, Varta®, George Forman®, Black&Decker Home®, Toastmaster®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature’s Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®, Littermaid®, Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, and HotShot®.  Spectrum Brands’ products are sold by the world’s top 25 retailers and are available in more than one millions stores in more than 120 countries around the world.  Spectrum Brands’ businesses generate annual revenue from continuing operations in excess of $3 billion.