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By concretin_nik Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Did you know that each year, fire departments respond to an average of 72,000 carbon monoxide poisoning incidents? I wonder how many of those could be prevented with a carbon monoxide alarm. And I bet you can guess the number one fire safety complaint… the dreaded low battery chirp. In my house, it seems I am the only person who cannot sleep through that repetitive annoyance.
Kidde has developed the first 10 year carbon monoxide alarm. No batteries to replace, no chirping, and yet still continuous protection for 10 years. That’s not a typo, 10 years!
Now, there IS an “end of life” alert that will sound, again, this is after a decade, and the alarm will have to be replaced. But that definitely beats hearing that chirp and replacing batteries every 6 months. That’s 19 irritation events eliminated! As a Dad, I love irritation eliminations! And as a DadLabs crew member, I dig sharing safety information with families. To help me understand the ease of making a home safer from carbon monoxide poisoning, Kidde sent me one of their new “Worry-Free” alarms to install. It really doesn’t get much simpler. Drill 2 holes, put in the screws (provided) and mount the alarm to the wall. Done. The hardest part was opening the packaging. Even that wasn’t too bad because the back was perforated for much easier opening.
But even better than providing information to help keep you safe is sharing the safety equipment! So we will give a Kidde Worry-Free Ten Year Sealed Battery Carbon Monoxide Alarm to one lucky commenter. (Comments will not show up immediately – moderation is on to keep out the spammers. All real comments will get posted and we’ll randomly select a winner.) Comment between now and May 8th at midnight. Winner will be announced May 9th and contacted directly by Kidde. (Only one comment/entry per person/email.)
Just as Daddy Clay implores you to discuss “online safety” with your family, I encourage you to make sure everyone in your home knows your fire escape plan. You can find lots of great information on fire and carbon monoxide safety at Kidde.com.
Disclosure: DadLabs was compensated for this post and I received the “Worry-Free” alarm free of charge.
By Daddy Clay Thursday, April 11th, 2013
That’s the dynamic I was afraid of when a the bright red 2103 Mazda3 with SkyActiv was delivered to my driveway for review.
You see, my daily driver is a 2011 Mazda3. No SkyActiv. Grey. And not recently washed.
Would this new iteration make me fall out of love?
I can tell you why Mazda3 owners are such a devoted lot — the car consistently delivers great driving fun for the buck without sacrificing practicality, and the 2013 continues in that vein. The steering feel and handling make you feel completely connected with the road. The brakes are predictable and grippy. The acceleration isn’t neck snapping, but it’s still fun. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daddy Clay Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Meet Ramesh Ferris, polio survivor and polio eradication activist.
Also a guy who hand-cycled 4400 miles across Canada to raise awareness for the cause.
Ramesh contracted polio in his native India at just six months of age. His mother, lacking access to rehabilitation, gave him up for adoption, and he was taken in by a Canadian Anglican bishop and raised in Yukon, Canada. Dedicated to giving back, Ramesh returned to his native country in 2002 to reunite with his birth mother and to visit the orphanage where he lived. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daddy Clay Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
Want to make a dad mad? Texting and driving will do the trick. Especially if you are in the vicinity of said dad when he’s hauling the rugrats to school in the minivan. I can think of no other observable behavior (with the possible exception of the lap dog with its head out the driver’s window) that drives me more nuts.
We’ve all heard the stats. We know that texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. 100,000 crashes a year involving texting. Yet these people think that they are just too skilled behind the wheel for it to happen to them. Idiots.
And too often it’s other people that pay the price. Innocent people. Kids.
Which is one reason I’m so impressed that ATT is doing the right thing with their It Can Wait campaign. Not only have they created a cool website at itcanwait.com (take the pledge while you’re there) and some cool videos like the one linked below, but they’ve also given us some amazing loot to give away.
All you have to drop a comment here or on our Facebook page about idiotic texting behavior that you have seen or you can send out a tweet with the hashtag #ItCanWaitDad and you will be entered to win the It Can Wait giftpack that includes a Samsung Galaxy SIII phone, an ICW branded case, a t-shirt, thumbbands, stickers, and a SkinIt Coupon good for one free large device SkinIt.
Did I mention the Samsung Galaxy SIII? That phone is amazing. They sent me one to try out, and I’m incredibly impressed (full review soon).
So let’s get out there and start “text shaming” and see if we can do some good. Take the pledge while you’re at it.
ATT sent us a gift pack as a thank you for promoting the campaign so we can honestly tell you how awesome it is. Get registered.