Thursday, October 13, 2011

What Do Housefires and Breast Cancer Have in Common? (Plus, a Giveaway)

Did you know that October is not only Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Fire Safety Awareness Month as well?

Both are killers and for both, early detection is very important in saving lives.

Many of us have loved ones whose lives have been affected by cancer.  Many of us have had mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, sisters, or friends who have had or are going through breast cancer. The number of strong women in my life who have had breast cancer is alarming. Just recently, three of my friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

In Canada, more than 5,000 women and 50 men die of breast cancer each year.  Breast cancer continues to be the most common type of cancer for Canadian women. [Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation]The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation wants Canadians to make sure they get their routine mammograms and examinations. Prevention is key.

It's Fire Safety Month and First Alert, the leading maker of smoke alarms (as well as carbon monoxide detectors, combination alarms, fire extinguishers, safes, security camera, etc...) wants Canadians to make sure they have their smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and everything they need to prevent, detect, and be safe when it comes to house fires.

Did you know?
71% of structures lost in Ontario fires are residential.
Cooking is the number one cause of household fires in Ontario. Among other causes are smoking, candles and electrical equipment.
8 Canadians die from fires every week. 73% of the fatalities are due to residential fires.

Many of these deaths could be prevented by proper placement and replacement of alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.

First Alert and CBCF have one common and very important message to spread to Canadians. "Early detection saves lives – whether it be a middle-of-the-night fire alarm or a routine mammogram."

Together, the CBCF and First Alert have formed a partnership.

First Alert has developed a line of Canadian Breast Cancer Fire Safety products. You might have seen the Pink ribbon products in stores near you. In this line of First Alert Breast Cancer Fire Safety products are: two smoke alarms, a carbon monoxide alarm and a kitchen fire extinguisher. For each product sold, First Alert will donate $1 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

The proceeds from First Alert pink ribbon products will support the CBCF as it invests in research and community projects to improve and save the lives of Canadians at risk of breast cancer and those living with the disease.

This sounds like a great idea to me. Every household needs several fire safety products, so why not make yours make a difference in the lives of others?

My husband is on the fire department and every year, he and the other firefighters in our township go door-to-door, inspecting people's homes to make sure they have their fire alarms and are protecting their loved ones by being aware of fire prevention. When I told him about this amazing partnership, he thought it was a great idea. Fire Safety Awareness is very important to us (especially now that we have a toddler) and Breast Cancer Awareness is a cause near and dear to us because of the loved ones in our lives who have been affected by the disease.

For more information about the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, please visit
For more information about Safety First (marketed by Jarden Branded Consumables), please refer to


Remember: First Alert, has developed a new line of pink ribbon fire safety products. Purchase yours and for each First Alert Pink Ribbon fire safety product sold, First Alert will donate $1 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

First Alert is giving TWO of my readers a chance to win a Pink Ribbon Smoke Alarm! 

To win, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form! Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog and let me know what you do to keep your family safe from household fires. This is my first time using for a giveaway, so I'm very excited! **If you are having problems viewing the rafflecopter form, please try refreshing the page and it should load. It may take a while, but it will load :)  **

Disclosure - I have received a Pink Ribbon fire alarm from First Alert as a thank you for writing this post.All thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.


  1. I make sure our fire alarms have their batteries replaced regularly. [entry 1]

  2. We have a fire extingusisher in our house and made sure we all know how to use it properly.

  3. We make sure our smoke alarms are working properly and have batteries at all times.
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  4. We have smoke alarms in our house and keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen at all times.

  5. ~I keep fire alarms on both levels of our home, and just recently purchased new batteries for both!

    We also keep a carbon monoxide detector in the hallway outside our bedrooms, and a fire extinguisher by the woodstove.

    My boys have been taught what to do in the event of a fire, and how to safely escape the home should a fire break out.

    Wishing you all joy and safety! xx

  6. ~uhm.....where's the rafflecopter form that you've requested we fill out? I checked the link you have shared and it's requesting an email address to send out invites to sign up. Is that what you mean for us to do?

  7. Crazy 4 Daizies:
    Not the link :) Try refreshing the page and wait for the Rafflecopter form to load. I had that issue too. It sometimes takes a while for it to load, but it will :) Then you can enter your extra entries! :) xo

  8. Crazy 4 Daizies:
    By "Try refreshing the page...", I mean my blog page. I noticed that sometimes the rafflecopter form doesn't show up, but if you refresh, it does. Hope that helps! ;)

  9. ~thanks C! I finally did it all :O) xxoo

  10. We have numerous fire/smoke detectors throughout our home and change the batteries twice each year (when we change the clocks).

    Robyn C (mom2gmc)

  11. We make sure to the batteries in our smoke alarms

  12. We have more than the recommended smoke/co2 detectors required on each floor of our home and test them monthly.
    bidchka at gmail

  13. We replace the batteries in the smoke alarms twice a year when the clocks change.

    amt (at)telus (dot)net