March 14— While wearing Quarterback Russell Wilson’s Seahawk Jersey, Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean installed a donated smoke detector at a Beacon Hill resident’s home. The free installation was payoff for a friendly Big Game wager between Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade and Seattle Fire Chief Dean.
In January, the Chiefs of Seattle Fire and Denver Fire agreed to a challenge proposed by Kidde, a leading manufacturer of fire safety products. According to the friendly bet, the chief whose team wins the Superbowl Championship game would receive 250 of Kidde’s Worry-Free smoke alarms, donated by Kidde. Each alarm has a sealed-in lithium battery to offer nonstop power for 10 years without battery changes or low-battery chirping noises. The chief whose team loses the game would receive 100 of the Worry-Free alarms to install in his community – while wearing the jersey of the winning team.
This month, both Chiefs installed the donated alarms in their respective cities wearing Seahawks Jerseys.
Chief Dean and Engine Company 13 installed smoke alarms in the home of Frank Kiuchi. The 68-year-old retiree contacted the Fire Department to take advantage of the free smoke alarm installation program for qualified homeowners. Kiuchi has lived in the Beacon Hill home for 20 year and says his old smoke alarms were worn out. The Seattle Fire Department advises residents to change their smoke alarms every 10 years.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of fire fatalities nationally occur in homes without smoke alarms or without working smoke alarms. The vast majority of non-working smoke alarms are due to missing or dead batteries. Kidde’s sealed-in 10-year battery smoke alarms offer a decade of protection without ever having to replace the battery.
Chief Dean is thankful to Kidde for providing the donated smoke detectors which will help save lives for years to come.
For more information on the Seattle Fire Department Smoke Alarm Program click on this link: