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New Phoenix Law Can Help Save Lives By Requiring Upgrade Of Battery-Powered Smoke Alarms In Residential Properties

Stocks in this article: UTX

MEBANE, N.C., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New smoke alarm regulations can help keep Phoenix families who live in homes with battery-powered smoke alarms safer, while also reducing smoke alarm maintenance. As of April 2014, homeowners must install 10-year, sealed-battery smoke alarms when replacing outdated, missing or damaged units. Alarms like the Kidde Worry-Free sealed-battery smoke alarms comply with this new law. Kidde Fire Safety, a leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

As the world's largest manufacturer of residential fire safety products, Kidde's mission is to provide solutions that protect people and property from the effects of fire and its related hazards. For more than 90 years, Kidde has used advanced technology to develop residential and commercial smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and other life safety products. Kidde: Technology that Saves Lives

Missing or disconnected batteries are the main reason smoke alarms fail to operate in residential fires. A recent survey conducted on behalf of Kidde ranked late-night low-battery chirps as the top smoke alarm annoyance, yet 40 percent of respondents would opt to either disconnect the alarm or wait a day or more to replace the battery. A long-life battery sealed inside an alarm makes it virtually tamper-proof and eliminates the risk associated with disabling the alarm.

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