CHARLOTTE, NC - Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan fulfilled his part in the “Super Safety Challenge” Tuesday morning, when he tested and installed several smoke alarms in a resident’s home – all while wearing a Denver Broncos jersey.
Chief Hannan and Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade, in coordination with Kidde Fire Safety, agreed to the challenge, which meant the chief of the winning team’s city received 200 Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery smoke/carbon monoxide alarms to install in homes in need.
The losing city’s chief received 50 of the same alarms and must install alarms while wearing the other team’s jersey.
“This was really a win-win for residents in Charlotte and Denver,” said Hannan. “While I’d rather see Chief Tade wearing our Panthers blue and black, the most important thing to remember is that smoke alarms save lives. I’m happy to wear Denver’s colors if it means we can protect more families with these alarms.”
While Chief Hannan tested and changed batteries in already-installed alarms Tuesday morning, he also installed a special kind of alert system.
The homeowner is deaf, which means she cannot hear regular alarms. Alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing “listen” for audible alarms to go off, then flash bright strobe lights. The system also includes a bed shaker that fits under the mattress and vibrates when the alarm starts.
Fire officials say properly functioning smoke alarms are essential, especially in the winter – the peak time for house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fire fatalities in the U.S. occur in homes without smoke alarms, mainly due to dead or missing batteries.
CFD and community partners, like Kidde, assist qualified residents in need of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. To obtain an evaluation for an alarm, complete the request form here.