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But one night as you lie in bed, you'll look up and see the smoke alarm blink.
And you’ll start thinking.
Your smoke alarm shouldn’t keep you up thinking all night or rattle your dreams with a low-battery chirp. It should give you peace of mind and let you sleep soundly.
So we decided to make a different kind of smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. One that thinks before it speaks.
Your smoke alarm should give you information whenever you want it, not just when you’re in danger. Nest Protect is designed to tell you what you need to know.
It’s meant to be piercing, unavoidable, scary. But we hear smoke alarms cry wolf so often that the alarm isn’t doing its job anymore. When it goes off, we’re not scared—we’re annoyed. And we take the batteries out.
Because it’s just a sound. An irritating sound that could mean there’s an emergency or it could mean you’ve burned the popcorn. So Nest Protect does more than alarm you. It talks to you.
“Heads-Up. There’s smoke in the living room.”
“Emergency. There’s carbon monoxide in the bedroom. Move to fresh air.”
Nest Protect uses a human voice to tell you what’s wrong, where the problem is and what to do.
It makes things simple for your family, and especially for kids. In an emergency, you can’t waste time figuring out if it’s a fire or carbon monoxide (CO) leak, which room it’s in or if you’re in immediate danger.
You have to know. Now. So Nest Protect tells you. A Heads-Up and yellow light give you an early warning. A loud alarm and red light means there’s an emergency.
Every second counts, so Nest Protect makes the most of every single one.
Most US states require CO alarms in every home. More states will follow. And these laws are passed for good reason.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can imperceptibly fill your home, often when the furnace is malfunctioning.
It causes flu-like symptoms, which are easy to misdiagnose. And CO is especially dangerous at night, when you may not wake up to do something about it.
Keeping an eye out
Usually Nest’s lights are off. At any time, you can open the Nest app to check the sensors and the batteries. You’ll know everything’s working and Nest Protect is on watch.
If its long-life batteries run low, Nest Protect sends a notification to your phone. Long before your dreams are rattled by an annoying chirp in the middle of the night.
Almost an emergency
Nest Protect gives you a friendly Heads-Up before it has to sound the alarm. It will light up yellow and tell you what’s happening: “Heads-Up. There’s smoke in the kitchen.” It’ll also send a notification to your smartphone or tablet. If it’s a nuisance alarm, like smoke from cooking, you can silence the alarm and then handle the trouble.
In addition to an alarm sound, Nest Protect tells you what the danger is and where it is. “Emergency. There’s carbon monoxide in the basement. Move to fresh air.” Nest Protect also glows red to let you know it’s an emergency and sends you a mobile notification.
Back to normal
When Nest Protect senses that things are returning to normal, the color ring will glow green, it will say “Smoke is clearing in the hallway” and send a message to your smartphone or tablet.
You’re supposed to test your smoke alarm every week, replace the batteries and clean it every 6 months, and replace it altogether every 7-10 years. But most people don’t know that.
Nest Protect continuously monitors its sensors, software and battery level. And it shows you the results: every night Nest Protect glows green for a moment to tell you the self-monitoring checked out, or glows yellow if something’s wrong. You can also see the results on the Nest app at any time.
People get so frustrated with low-battery chirps in the middle of the night, they take out the battery and don’t replace it. Nest Protect will notify you long before its batteries get that low so you can replace them. And then get a good night’s sleep.
Smoke and CO alarms are too important to be annoying. They see things we can’t: CO building in our home, a frying pan left on the burner too long.
They’re awake while we sleep: the majority of deaths from fire and carbon monoxide happen at night.
According to the NFPA, in 73% of home fires in which smoke alarms failed, it was due to missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
They’re necessary. They keep our families safe. That’s why we made them better.
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