MADISON, Wis., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Daylight Savings Time, which begins Sunday, March 13, is just around the corner. Rayovac is revving up for Daylight Savings Time by offering a host of engaging activities, fun giveaways and tips for sprucing up your fire safety plan to keep your family safe.
This year, when "springing forward" why not simultaneously spruce up your safety plan? It's a perfect time to once again ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. And, if you "fell behind" in changing the batteries last fall, now is an ideal time to swap out old batteries in those life-saving devices for fresh ones. To empower you to spruce up your safety plan when you spring forward this March, Rayovac is offering valuable giveaways on Facebook and Twitter.
Spruce Up and Spring Forward Facebook and Twitter Fun
In preparation for Daylight Savings Time, Rayovac is hosting a fun Twitter event and a special Facebook promotion designed to raise awareness about replacing batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
On Monday, March 7th from 1 – 2 p.m. (CST), Rayovac will host a Rayovac Powers Daylight Savings Time Twitter event featuring product giveaways. Twitter event attendees have a chance to win one of 20 smoke alarm packs or one of two $100 Walmart gift cards. To attend, Twitter users follow @Rayovac_Battery and #SpringForward:
Monday, March 7, 2011
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST
On Wednesday, March 9th Rayovac and American Family Insurance will once again join forces to give away 3,000 9V batteries. Committed to keeping your family safe, Rayovac and American Family Insurance are giving away the batteries as a reminder to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. To win, on Wednesday, March 9th fans simply go to www.facebook.com/Rayovac or www.facebook.com/amfam and follow the posted instructions. In addition to the free battery giveaways, consumers can download a $1 off coupon.
Spruce Up Spring Fire Safety
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 Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., a member of the Russell 2000 Index, is a diversified, 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, the Company offers a broad portfolio of market-leading and widely trusted brands including Rayovac®, Remington®, Varta®, George Foreman®, Black & Decker®, Toastmaster®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature's Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®, Littermaid®, Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, and Hot Shot®. Spectrum Brands Holdings' products are sold by the world's top 25 retailers and are available in more than one million stores in more than 120 countries around the world. Spectrum Brands Holdings generated net sales of $3.1 billion from continuing operations in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit www.spectrumbrands.com.