Safe Escape, LLC Offers KidSmart Vocal Smoke Detectors, Using Parents' Own Voices to Awaken Sleeping Children and Provide Escape Instructions

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New smoke alert uses the only sound proven to awaken sleeping children during a fireÂ?-their parentsÂ? own voices. Studies prove that traditional smoke alarms often don't awaken sleeping children.

– According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, 40,000 children are seriously burned and injured, and an additional 1,200 perish each year in residential fires. One of the leading causes of these deaths and injuries is the recently discovered fact that children are not always awakened by traditional smoke alarms due to their very deep sleeping patterns. This phenomenon has been demonstrated on national news broadcasts such as NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and many local news programs around the country.

Safe Escape, LLC, a company specializing in home safety products, announces it now offers a new smoke detector that has been demonstrated to awaken sleeping children ages 1 to 14 at a very high effectiveness rate. The KidSmart Vocal Smoke Detector is the only alarm available that allows parents to record a "Wake-up Command" in their own voices and directed specifically at their own children.

In studies by the Victoria University Sleep Lab and the University of Georgia, the familiar voice of a parent proved 100% effective at awakening sleeping children in seconds. The KidSmart Vocal Smoke Detector leverages this fact by using a recorded message from a parent to awaken the children and provide verbal instructions on how to escape from the burning home. The success of the KidSmart Detector at awakening children stems from its unique ability to capitalize on the brain's ability to recognize one's own name or a familiar noise over background noise or even while asleep.

Even if a child awakens in a residential fire crisis from the sounds of a traditional smoke detector, they are still at great risk. The secondary cause of fire-related death and injury to children is their tendency to panic in high-stress situations or act irrationally by hiding in closets or under their beds. Rather than issuing alarms that can panic a child, KidSmart can deliver a firm but reassuring message to the children, such as "Sally! Wake up! Sally! Wake up! Stay calm, follow the escape plan we practiced and meet me in the back yard." The vocal commands are followed by a series of high-pitched alarms.

"As a parent myself, I am very concerned about the safety of my kids," said Jim Driggers, president of Safe Escape, LLC. "When I learned about how sleeping children do not often respond to traditional smoke detectors, I knew we had to make the KidSmart Vocal Smoke Detector available on our Web site."

The KidSmart Vocal Smoke Detector has been recognized and supported worldwide by child psychologists and fire safety experts. It has won the prestigious "Best of Innovations" Award at the International Consumer Electronics Show and Popular Science’s "Best of What’s New" Award.

Safe Escape, LLC has made the KidSmart Vocal Smoke Detector available through its Web site at, for $69.95.

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