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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What is it and how can Nest Alarm prevent it?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What is it and how can Nest Alarm prevent it?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: What is it and how can Nest Alarm prevent it?

As winter approaches, cases of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning begin to rise. However, it can be easily prevented by utilizing an alarm system like the Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, also known as “CO”, is a gas which is undetectable by the human senses; you cannot see, smell, or taste carbon monoxide. It can only be identified through the aid of a detector, such as the Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm.

Carbon monoxide silently attacks the human body; breathing in too much can be deadly in just a few short minutes. If carbon monoxide is present in the body, our red blood cells will choose carbon monoxide over oxygen. Our body tissues – especially brain tissue – stops functioning if it doesn’t receive a continuous supply of oxygen. The body being starved of oxygen is what makes overexposure to carbon monoxide deadly.

“Exposure to carbon monoxide impedes the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to body tissues and vital organs,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. “When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it combines with hemoglobin (an iron-protein component of red blood cells), producing carboxyhemoglobin (COHb), which greatly diminishes hemoglobin’s oxygen-carrying capacity. Hemoglobin’s binding affinity for carbon monoxide is 300 times greater than its affinity for oxygen. As a result, small amounts of carbon monoxide can dramatically reduce hemoglobin’s ability to transport oxygen.”

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to Canada Safety Council, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America.

Everyone is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. However, the elderly, infants and those with chronic heart disease, anemia or breathing problems are more susceptible to becoming sick from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to CDC.

Majority of the early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are brain related due to the lack of oxygen.

Symptoms vary based on the concentrations of carbon monoxide exposure:

  • Low Concentrations: dizziness, nausea, slight headaches, and shortness of breath on moderate exertion
  • High Concentrations: severe headaches, dizziness, mental confusion, vision and/or hearing impairment, collapsing or fainting on exertion
  • Extreme Concentrations: unconsciousness, coma or death

Carbon monoxide is classified as potentially hazardous to the human reproductive system. Studies indicate that women who are exposed to carbon monoxide during pregnancy have a higher rate of low birth weight, miscarriage and stillbirths. According to the CDC, carbon monoxide exposure can be dangerous during pregnancy for both the developing fetus and the mother.

At high concentrations, carbon monoxide vapors can also cause fire and explosion.

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is produced whenever a material is burned. Homes with attached garages and those with fuel-burning appliances are more likely to encounter carbon monoxide issues. Examples of fuel-burning appliances are gas stoves, charcoal grills, wood fireplaces and generators. 

Some ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning inside your home include:

  • Never leave your car running in the garage, even if the garage door is open.
  • Have your heating system, water heater and other appliances that use gas, coal or oil regularly checked and serviced by a qualified technician.
  • Never use portable, flameless, chemical heaters inside the home.
  • If you’re using a gas refrigerator and it is emitting an odour, have it checked by a qualified technician. An odour from a gas refrigerator could mean that it’s leaking carbon monoxide.
  • Have your flues, chimney and vents regularly checked and serviced to ensure that they’re properly connected, in good shape and free of blockages.
  • Never use your oven or gas range for purposes other than cooking. Using these appliances for heating your home can cause carbon monoxide to build-up.
  • Burn charcoal outdoors only. Burning charcoal indoors can cause carbon monoxide to build-up inside your home.
  • Using a portable gas camp stove indoors is also not advisable as this again can cause carbon monoxide to build-up.
  • Only use portable generators, pressure washers or any gasoline-powered engine outside of the home and make sure that it’s not placed near open doors, windows or vents.
  • Open your window slightly whenever you use a wood-burning fireplace to get fresh air and to prevent carbon monoxide build-up.

Nest Protect Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Installing a Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm is one of the most effective ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning inside your home.

The Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm has been tested to comply with safety standards by Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Canadian Standards Association, California State Fire Marshal and British Standards Institution.

Whenever Nest Protect detects high levels of carbon monoxide, it will inform the home occupants in three ways:

1. Visual

The device’s light ring will glow either red or yellow, giving occupants an emergency visual warning.

2. Sound

Nest Protect will sound an 85 decibel alarm and advise occupants of what type of danger is present as well as the location. For example: “Emergency, there’s carbon monoxide in the kitchen. Move to fresh air.”

3. Mobile Notification on NEST Alarm

When you install your Nest Protect, also download the Nest app. This will ensure that you’ll receive a notification whenever there’s a high level of carbon monoxide and it’ll also notify you about the exact location of the emergency.

This Nest Protect carbon monoxide alarm also doubles as a smoke alarm. Similar with the CO alarm, it will also notify you through a visual alert, as well as differentiate the type of danger (smoke or CO) through the alarm sound and mobile notification.

Aside from the three observable notifications, in case of emergency, the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm also uses a “wireless interconnect” – a system that works independently of Wi-Fi, so it’ll still function even if your home Wi-Fi is down.

If you’re also using the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Nest Protect will tell your thermostat to turn off fossil fuel heating during smoke and carbon monoxide emergencies.

Have questions, or need help? Call us today, and protect your family.

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Nest Outdoor Camera

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Nest Outdoor Camera

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Nest Outdoor Camera

There was once a time where the world was safe enough that people didn’t feel compelled to lock their doors. Unfortunately, we no longer live in such a society.

Security is a top concern in today’s society. There are security measures in place everywhere you look: locks on doors, alarm systems at the office, security personnel at banks and even surveillance cameras at intersections.

At home, an added layer of security – that most people don’t consider – are surveillance cameras. The Nest Outdoor Camera is a great asset in helping to secure your home. Below are seven deciding factors that set the Nest Outdoor Camera apart from the rest:a

1. Rain or Shine, 24/7 Security

The Nest Outdoor Camera records everything that’s going on outside your door, day in and day out.

Unlike its human counterparts (security personnel), this security camera doesn’t sleep on the job, ask for a leave during a storm, or take breaks. The Nest Outdoor Camera plugs directly into a power source so you don’t miss a thing due to dead batteries.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, it records nonstop for up to 30 days and securely saves video footage to the cloud. This camera is also waterproof so not even a storm could stop it from recording.

2. Receive Alerts

The Nest Outdoor Camera doesn’t just record what is happening outside your home, it also alerts you when something out of the ordinary is detected. This camera is able to send a standard notification to your phone, tablet, or email whenever it detects any motions or sounds outside of your home.

However, if you are subscribed to Nest Aware, you’ll receive more intelligent alerts as the following situations occur: 

People Alert

In People Alert, whenever the camera detects a person – even if it only sees a portion of the person’s body – it’ll send you a notification. The Nest Outdoor Camera has facial recognition and is able to recognize the faces that you tell it to. Upon seeing a familiar face, the camera will send you an alert to notify you.

Intelligent Sound Alert

In Intelligent Sound Alert, whenever the Nest Outdoor Camera detects speech, it will send you a notification. This camera can also detect a dog’s bark and send you an alert for that too.

Activity Zone Alert

The Activity Zone Alert allows you to choose up to 4 areas in your camera’s view to receive motion and sound alerts for those specific areas only. This area-specific alert is convenient if you’re receiving too many alerts from a huge volume of motions and sounds.

The Nest Outdoor Camera even helps you choose an activity zone; the door is automatically identified as an activity zone. Once motion or sound is detected in this activity zone, a notification will be sent to you.

What makes the Activity Zone feature different from the standard motion notification is that it also tells you which particular area the motion or sound comes from. You also have the option to turn off each alert zone independently.

3. Scare off Intruders with Your Voice

Many have criticized CCTV cameras for being a passive security measure. With the Nest Outdoor Camera, you wouldn’t be just a passive observer if something illegal were to happen right in front of your home.

For instance, if the Nest Outdoor Camera detected an intruder jumping over your fence, it would send a notification to your smartphone. Upon receiving the notification, you would then have the ability to yell at the intruder – even if you are away from home – by using the Nest app and via the Nest Outdoor Camera’s built-in speaker.

Through the Nest app and the camera’s built-in speaker, you can also speak to friendly visitors; for instance, if a delivery man came to your door, you could tell him leave the package at the front door.

4. Never Miss an Alert

With the Nest Outdoor Camera, you can always review an alert later just in case you missed it. You can review the activities and alerts for the past three hours through the Nest app. If an intruder entered your home in the last three hours, rest assured that the Nest Outdoor Camera caught a photo of him or her.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, you’ll have the ability to review alerts and activity prior to the last three hours. For instance, if an intruder broke into your home three days ago, the Nest Aware feature called “Sightline” would help avoid scouring through hours of footage. Sightline won’t show you random, useless thumbnails; instead, it’ll automatically pinpoint that moment three days ago where activity was detected in front of your door.

5. High-Definition Image Quality

With the Nest Outdoor Camera, you don’t have to worry about grainy, blurry, hard-to-see images. This camera has an all-glass lens that constantly provides true, high-definition image quality (1080p). Other features of the Nest Outdoor Camera include a 130° wide-angle view, night vision, and the ability to zoom in up to eight times.

6. Keep the Neighborhood Safe

The Nest Outdoor Camera doesn’t just keep your immediate vicinity safe, it can also prevent crime in your neighborhood. This can be achieved by making the live stream of your outdoor camera public or password-protected for your neighbors to see what’s going on in front of your house.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, you can download video footage and share it with your neighbors or even the police, in the event that a crime has been committed within view of your Nest Outdoor Camera.

Many crimes have been solved using the footage provided by the Nest Outdoor Camera. A resident of Joplin, Missouri posted footage on Facebook of two thieves stealing a generator in front of his home. In less than 24 hours, the thieves were identified and the footage was used by the police to prosecute the perpetrators.

7. Connect with Other Smart Home Devices

You can connect the Nest Outdoor Camera with other smart home devices, such as the Philips Hue smart light bulb, to make it appear that you’re at home even if you’re not.

The Nest Outdoor Camera has Google Home and Chromecast integration to make your home safer than ever before. Simply say, “Ok Google, show me my front porch”, and the live footage of your porch from your camera will be casted to your TV via Chromecast.

It’s time to take your home security seriously. Connect with us today to get started.

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Nest Cam Indoor

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Nest Cam Indoor

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Nest Cam Indoor

If the safety and security of your baby, your pet and your home is your top priority, then owning a Nest cam indoor is worth considering.

Here are the top 3 reasons for owning a Nest cam indoor:

1. Nest cam indoor can be used as a baby monitor.

Some may argue that a baby monitor is unnecessary given that our generation and generations before us didn’t have this device then. This argument, however, pales in comparison to the number of accidents and tragedies resulting from neglecting to monitor babies.

Having a Nest cam indoor to monitor your baby’s room will give you peace of mind. Wherever you are, be it next door, in the kitchen, garage or even when you’re away at your office or out of town for a business trip, you can check on your baby and his or her nanny any time and in real time. The Nest cam indoor continuously records 24/7 everything within its 130° wide-angle view and in full 1080p HD video.

Download the Nest app to watch the live video feed of your baby. Through the Nest app, monitoring your baby can further be enhanced via the following features:

  • Zoom and Enhance

You can zoom in and out to that cute little face.

  • Talk and Listen

The Nest cam indoor has a speaker and a microphone. You can listen to your baby’s mumbling or breathing and you can talk – or sing if you want to – using the Nest app.

  • Turning On & Off Schedule

With the Nest app, you can schedule the turning on and turning off of the Nest cam indoor up to 32 times each week. For instance, you can turn on the cam from 8AM to 6PM – the time when you’re at the office; turn it off after 6PM to 10PM as you’re home at this time; and turn it on after 10PM to 6AM – the time when you’re asleep at another room. You can also schedule the cam to be turned off during Sundays – your day off from work.

  • Collective Family Monitoring

You simply can’t monitor your baby every time the cam is turned on. You can share this responsibility with other family members by asking them to get their Nest account for them to monitor as well your baby from anywhere in the world using their smartphone. During the time when the cam is turned on and you can’t get a break from work, you can ask other family members to take a look at the live video feed of your baby.

2. Nest Cam Indoor is ideal for monitoring and training your furry-haired family member.

Owning a puppy is like having a newborn baby. Like newborn babies, puppies can be needy, clingy, cry a lot when they’re alone, chew on things they’re not supposed to and generally need regular attention.

Spy on Destructive Behaviors

Using your Nest app, you can watch live video feed of your puppy. This device allows you to monitor destructive behaviors, including frantic scratching, chewing, howling, barking, excessive drooling or excessive pacing. You can spy on your puppy even at night as this cam has a night vision. Even at night, puppies are active, displaying destructive behaviors like excessive crying, pacing and whining.

This 24/7 live video feed, not only gives you peace of mind, it can also save the life of your four-legged family member. There have been many cases when these video feeds saved pets from injury and emergency vet trips.

Provide Long-Distance Training

Similar to humans, furry-haired family members form their good or bad habits at an early age. At this stage, proper training matters. The reality is you can’t be at home 24/7 to train your puppy. The Nest cam indoor allows you to train your puppy even when you’re far away from home.

With the cam’s 2-way audio – microphone and speaker, you can hear what your puppy is doing. Your furry-haired family member can also hear you. You can tell him or her to get off the couch, to stop barking or you can provide encouraging words for positive reinforcement.

Share Live Video

By default, your Nest cam’s video stream is private. You can share video stream of your puppy to other people in 3 ways:

  • Invite people to join your Nest home using Family Accounts.
  • Share the video stream with a password-protected link.
  • Stream the video publicly for anybody to see.

3. Nest cam indoor can solve crimes.

If your four-legged family member epically fails in protecting your home from burglars and intruders, you can have at least the Nest cam indoor to solve the crime.

Since the release of the Nest cam indoor, this device has documented criminals as they enter homes, including footages where break-in happened while family was home, when talk & listen feature of the cam scared burglars away and when burglars tried to steal Nest cam. Here are some of the concrete examples where the Nest cam indoor footages help to solve crimes:

“Because of the Nest Cam clip, the police were able to positively identify the criminals. All four burglars have been caught and identified.” – A.G. Massachusetts (February 2016)

“I was at home sleeping when I heard a crash. With this clip, the police were able to positively identify the intruders, who are now in jail for other crimes.” – Guelda M., Washington (November 2015)

“I saw the intruders with the Nest app and used Talk & Listen to scare them away. Authorities were able to find and arrest the suspects thanks to the clip.” – Lisa P., New Jersey (April 2016)

The “Talk and Listen” feature of the Nest cam indoor is like a video call. You can speak to the person in front of the camera and the person can reply immediately without touching anything. If you want to speak to the person in front of the camera, your baby or your puppy, you simply go to your Nest camera indoor live stream in the Nest app and press the Talk button to start speaking.

We make it easy to own the cam or a set of cam and protect your home and your family. Call us today to explore your benefits and get a great deal.

How Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Saves Lives

How Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Saves Lives

How Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Saves Lives

Installing a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in your home is a life-saving choice. It’ll save the lives of your loved ones and your very own.

Nest Protect’s second generation smoke and carbon monoxide alarm keeps you and your family safe from these two disasters: fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Fire

Tests conducted by Underwriters Laboratories show that older homes or houses built in the 70s burn slower than modern houses. Underwriters Laboratories research shows that in the 70s, you had about 30 minutes to escape a house fire. Now, it’s down to less than 5 minutes. The reason for the rapid spread of fire in today’s homes is because of the synthetic fibers used in many modern homes, from curtains to the couch and even to the coffee table.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Service, from 2011 to 2015, there were 55,108 fires with loss – resulting in an injury, fatality or dollar loss – reported to the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

Out of the 55,108 fires from 2011 to 2015 in Ontario, 48% of these fires occurred in homes; 27% occurred in vehicles; 12% occurred in unclassified structures like land, outdoor storage and barns; 8% occurred in assembly structures, mercantile buildings, business and personal services structures, care and detention buildings; and 5% of fires occurred in industrial buildings.

Twenty percent of ignition sources of these fires were reported as undetermined. The following were the identified ignition sources of these fires:

  • 18% cooking
  • 9% electrical distribution equipment – wiring
  • 9% of structure loss fires were suspected to be arson or vandalism
  • 8% heating/cooling
  • 8% miscellaneous (which includes fires from natural causes and chemical reactions)
  • 7% cigarettes
  • 6% candles, matches or lighters (excluding arson fires) and processing equipment
  • 5% appliances
  • 4% other electrical, mechanical
  • 3% other open flame tools (excluding matches, lighters)
  • 3% exposure fires

According to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Service, in Ontario in 2015, there were 94 fire deaths and the majority or 83 of these deaths occurred in residential structures (data excludes deaths on First Nations and Federal properties).

What Nest Protect Second Generation Smoke Alarm Can Do in Case of Fire

Nest Protect gives you an early warning when it detects even a hint of smoke in the following ways:

  • Tells you via the device speaker, “Heads-Up. There’s smoke in the (room name). The alarm may sound.”
  • Device’s yellow light is turned on
  • Alerts your phone or tablet (as long as your Protect has a working Wi-Fi connection)

When this happens, put out the source of the smoke.

In case the smoke in the room has reached emergency levels, Nest Protect alerts you in the following manner:

  • Tells you via the device speaker, “Emergency. There’s smoke in the (room name).”
  • Sounds an alarm
  • Device’s red light is turned on
  • Alerts your phone or tablet (as long as your Protect has a working Wi-Fi connection)

When this happens, get out of the house immediately.

If you’re using Nest Thermostat, in case there’s a smoke alert, your Nest Protect tells your Nest Thermostat to turn off the heat to keep the smoke and fire from spreading.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer. You can’t smell carbon monoxide. You can’t taste it. You can’t hear it. You can’t see it.

Carbon monoxide is produced whenever you burn fuel like wood, oil, gasoline, coal, propane and natural gas. Sources of carbon monoxide in unventilated areas at any time of the year include cooking appliances, generators, charcoal grills and vehicle exhaust.

In winter months, Canadian homes are at greater risk because homes usually use heating appliances like furnaces, water heaters or boilers, wood stoves and other appliances that run on fuels. A blocked chimney flues can also be a source of carbon monoxide.

Low level of exposure to carbon monoxide can result in tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches or impaired motor functions, such as muscle weakness and partial or total loss of function of a limb or limbs.

High level of exposure to carbon monoxide or exposure at low levels for long periods of time can result in difficulty in thinking, chest pain, dizziness or poor vision.

Very high level of exposure to carbon monoxide can cause convulsions, coma or death. “People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

According to Canada Safety Council, in Ontario alone, for the period of 2001 to 2007, there had been 74 deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning, specifically from furnace fumes and vehicle exhaust.

What Nest Protect Second Generation Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Can Do

Nest Protect gives you an early warning when it detects a hint of carbon monoxide in the following ways:

  • Tells you via the device speaker, “Heads-Up. There’s carbon monoxide in the (room name). The alarm may sound.”
  • Device’s yellow light is turned on
  • Alerts your phone or tablet (as long as your Protect has a working Wi-Fi connection)

In case the carbon monoxide reaches critical levels, Nest Protect alerts you in the following manner:

  • Tells you via the device speaker, “Emergency. There’s carbon monoxide in the (room name). Move to fresh air.”
  • Sounds an alarm
  • Device’s red light is turned on
  • Alerts your phone or tablet (as long as your Protect has a working Wi-Fi connection)

In both early warning and critical level warning for carbon monoxide, it’s advisable not to locate the source of carbon monoxide. Immediately after any type of carbon monoxide alert, leave your home and get fresh air. Once you’re outside your home, call emergency services or fire department. Only return to your home after the carbon monoxide issue has been fixed by a professional.

If you’re using Nest Thermostat, in case there’s a carbon monoxide alert, your Nest Protect automatically connects and tells your Nest Thermostat to turn off the heat to keep the carbon monoxide from spreading. Heating systems are known to cause carbon monoxide leaks or spread.

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