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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.