Bet­ter-than-ever smoke de­tec­tors

The Western Star - - FIRE PREVENTION WEEK -

Dur­ing this year’s Fire Preven­tion Week, the Canada Safety Coun­cil and Fire Preven­tion Canada are re­mind­ing all Cana­di­ans of the im­por­tance of smoke alarms in pre­vent­ing death and dam­age by fire. One of the best ways to be vig­i­lant is to up­grade your smoke de­tec­tor on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and for that, tech­nol­ogy is ready and wait­ing.

Chances are, the smoke de­tec­tor in your home looks ex­actly like the one you had in your house grow­ing up: a clunky white de­vice that bleats an an­noy­ing racket every time you use the broiler in your oven or take a shower. But some com­pa­nies in the U.S. are re­ju­ve­nat­ing the smoke de­tec­tor mar­ket with handy in­no­va­tions that cut back on nui­sance alarms.

Most of these sys­tems use state-of-the-art sen­sors and pre-recorded mes­sages to an­nounce alarms. The Nest Pro­tect alarm, for ex­am­ple, re­ports to you “Smoke is clear­ing in the kitchen” or “There’s car­bon monox­ide in the den.” That’s the kind of alarm that doesn’t drive peo­ple to yank out the bat­tery dur­ing the morn­ing toast-mak­ing and then for­get to put it back in. The Nest also mon­i­tors air qual­ity in your house and sends alerts to your smart­phone.

The Birdi smoke alarm, which is not yet avail­able in Canada, func­tions in a sim­i­lar way. In ad­di­tion to smoke and fire alerts, it lets you know if there’s an alert in your neigh­bour­hood. And if there’s a nat­u­ral catas­tro­phe on its way, like a tor­nado or earth­quake, the Birdi app will no­tify you. One of the best things about these new-wave alarms? Their sleek lines and dis­creet looks.

Cut­ting edge smoke alarms send air qual­ity alerts di­rectly to your smart­phone.

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