As a former first responder and emergency medical technician, country music sensation Craig Morgan knows how devastating house fires can be.  “When you enter a burning building, there’s always that chance something bad will happen. I’ve seen the victim’s fear firsthand. Thinking you could die is scary," explains Morgan.

So when Morgan had the opportunity to team with Kidde Fire Safety as part of the “Be a Safety Hero” initiative, he didn’t hesitate.  “I’m very proud to be affiliated with an organization that cares about the welfare of others. Kidde’s goal is to save lives.” The campaign focuses on replacing older smoke alarms with units featuring a sealed-in battery, placing fire extinguishers on every level of the home, installing carbon monoxide alarms and practicing an escape plan.

“When you enter a burning building, there’s always that chance something bad will happen. I’ve seen the victim’s fear firsthand. Thinking you could die is scary."

The National Fire Protection Association reports two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in residences with either no smoke alarm or no working alarm.  “I’m guilty of taking down an alarm,” admits Morgan. “People so often remove the batteries because of the annoying chirp, but now you can put up smoke alarms with built-in batteries and not worry about them for 10 years.”

Reduce risks

According to Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, “Through the implementation of fire prevention activities, residents have the best chance of escaping a house fire. It allows firefighters  to take a less risky approach, and reduce their chances of injury or death.

“Each year, nearly 100 firefighters die serving their communities. More than 70,000 others are injured.  To reduce these staggering statistics, an all hazards approach is needed.”