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Don’t Hate Your Smoke Detector

nest protect smoke alarmYou are in your kitchen cooking a nice dinner for your family, when the smoke detector starts sending a screeching ring throughout your house. You leave your food, run over to the fire alarm and disconnect it because at this point it is more bothersome than helpful.  Safety should not be annoying. This is the policy of Nest Protect.

Nest Protect is designed to give you personalized information when you want it. Instead of hearing an arbitrary loud piercing sound and having to guess what is setting it off, Nest Protect actually talks to you using a human voice and tells you what is wrong and what you need to do. It is simple and easy for all family members to understand.

Nest Protect contains four colors that indicate different things. The green light, or “Nightly Promise,” is an indication that when you are going to sleep all is well. It gives you a quick green glow right as you turn off the lights for the night, letting you know that everything is fine. The white light, or the “Pathlight,” allows you to maneuver around your house at night, giving you a white glow to help you see. The yellow light, or the “Heads Up,” is an early warning. If you’ve burnt toast in the kitchen, the Nest Protect will glow yellow, giving you a friendly reminder to check on things. The red light, or the “Emergency Alarm,” pulses red, rings, and tells you where the emergency is and what to do.

These are only a few of the things that Nest Protect can provide for your family.

What’s The Holdup?

It’s that time of year again! You know the drill…Change the clocks and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors! Two-thirds of home fires occur in buildings with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. It is crucial that we use this time as a reminder of the importance of smoke detectors and the impact it can have on you and your family’s safety.

Here are some pointers from the National Fire Protection Association regarding smoke alarms:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.