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Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Have you ever stared at your old smoke alarm and wonder if it’s still working? With the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your family and home are protected.

Here are the top reasons why it’s time to ditch your old smoke alarm for the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm:

1. Nest Protect Tests Itself

It’s important to regularly check that your smoke alarms are functioning. Data from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services showed that 15% of fires that occurred between 2011 and 2015, in residential properties where a loss occurred, had smoke alarms that weren’t operational. 4% of these cases were due to the smoke alarms not having power or battery.

The Fire Code of Ontario, Canada requires every home to have a working smoke alarm on every story and outside all sleeping areas. Failure to comply with the smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $100,000 for corporations or $50,000 for individuals.

Conventional smoke alarms require you to manually test that the alarm’s batteries and sensors are still working. To test the battery level, a battery tester has to be used. To test the sensors, the device has to be detached, brought outdoors and exposed to a small amount of smoke.

Nest Protect eliminates the need to manually test the sensors and batteries; the device actually tests them for you. When you turn off the lights at night before bed, the Nest Protect will show a quick green glow to assure you that its batteries and sensors are working. The quick green glow also signals that the device’s Wi-Fi connection is working.

Another way to check whether your Nest Protect’s batteries, sensors and Wi-Fi connection are working, is by checking your Nest app, which you can download onto your smartphone or tablet.

2. Nest Protect Functions Both as a Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

While traditional or conventional smoke alarms only detect smoke, Nest Protect detects both smoke and carbon monoxide.

You can see smoke. When your senses come across smoke, they react automatically. For instance, your eyes water or it’s difficult to breathe through your nose. Carbon monoxide on the other hand is a silent killer. Unlike smoke, you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide. Whenever a fossil fuel is burned, carbon monoxide is produced. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbon monoxide can cause sudden illness or death.

3. Nest Protect Tells You Where the Danger Is and the Alert Level

When your conventional smoke alarm goes off, your mind starts to panic and ask questions; where is the smoke coming from? Is it a full-blown fire or just burned food?

With Nest Protect, you’ll be notified in different ways whether the smoke or carbon monoxide level is at an early stage or at an emergency level. It also tells you which part of the house the danger was detected.

In case it’s an early warning due to a hint of smoke or carbon monoxide, Nest Protect will notify you in three ways:

Through the Device’s Speaker

You’ll hear, “Heads-Up. There’s smoke in the (specific room name). The alarm may sound.” 

Through Device’s Light

In case of an early warning, the device’s yellow light is turned on.

Through Smartphone or Tablet Alert

An early warning alert will also be sent to your smartphone or tablet, provided you have installed Nest app on your mobile device.

In the case of an emergency situation, you’ll be notified in the following manner:

Through Device’s Speaker

You’ll hear, “Emergency. There’s carbon monoxide in the (specific room name).” The alarm sound will also go off.

Through Device’s Light

In case of an emergency, the device’s red light is turned on.

Through Mobile Device Notification

You’ll also receive an emergency notification on your smartphone or tablet via the Nest app.

3. Easily Hush the Alarm

If the smoke is a result of burned food and there is no immediate threat, you won’t have to run to the alarm to fan it or turn it off; the alarm can easily be hushed via the Nest app.

4. Connectivity with Other Smart Home Devices

Conventional smoke alarms can’t be connected to other smart home devices, however the Nest Protect can be connected with compatible smart home devices. It can be connected with other Nest products, including the Nest Thermostat – a smart home device that remotely controls temperature.

For instance, the Nest Thermostat can be connected with a Jenn-Air oven, so if the Nest Protect detects smoke from burned food cooked inside the oven, the Nest Protect will communicate with the Nest Thermostat to turn off the oven.

The Nest Thermostat is also compatible with nearly 95% of low-voltage residential heating and cooling systems. If the Nest Protect were to detect smoke or carbon monoxide, it will communicate this information with the Nest Thermostat and the Thermostat will turn off your home’s heating and cooling systems – known to be the usual sources of smoke and carbon monoxide.

With the Nest Protect’s great features, such as the ability to test itself, to detect not just smoke and carbon monoxide, its ability to notify you the danger level and location via speaker, light and mobile device, the ability to silence the alarm via mobile device and the ability to connect with other smart home devices, you’ll have peace of mind while you sleep and even when you’re away from home. And did we mention smart camera?

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.

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.