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          A few weeks back I posted a diary about smoke alarms that got a lot of discussion going. It covered smoke alarm basics and comments from people about what kind they have and how well they do or do not work.

           One that was mentioned has a feature that turns off the alarm if you wave at it - so false alarms don't require yanking the battery out of the thing to silence it. Well, if you have the Nest Wave smoke and CO2 alarm, there's a safety announcement you need to see. Via the BBC,

Google-owned Nest has halted sales of its Nest Protect fire alarm after the firm found out that users could accidentally disable the device by waving their arms.

The company said the feature, Nest Wave, which allows users to wave their arms to deactivate the alarm, could be activated unintentionally.

In a blog post, the company said current users should disable Wave.

   The details are at the link in the BBC quote above. If you have a Nest Wave, you should follow this up ASAP.  

     And if you don't have a Nest Wave, you should still make a practice of checking your alarms on a regular basis, making sure the batteries are good, and replace the alarms when they become too old to work properly.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Better safe than sorry.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 09:59:53 AM PDT

    •  Nice to see this, (3+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, vzfk3s, xaxnar

      AS a Fireman, Another issue this time of year is people that Burn Grass etc. We have already responded to Grass Fires that got out of hand by carelessness. Precautions can be taken. First, Take into account the Wind, or other nearby Structures should it spread out of the Burn Pit. Plan on having a Hose Handy with a nozzle while burning, Do not leave it unattended!! When finished, Ensure the burn area is OUT!! Spray with Water!! Just a few tips, Plan ahead, Be Safe!!

  •  I need to find a smoke alarm (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, xaxnar, Joieau, rja

    That has a quieter spoken alarm and not a blaring siren. I have found some that have both verbal warnings with instructions AND a blaring siren that goes off in between, but not without the blaring siren.

    My son hides from loud noises, even at 18 years old, they hurt his head. If there's a smoke alarm going off, he hides in the closet with a pillow over his head and NOTHING will get him out of there until the alarm is turned off and he has time to de-stress. So we haven't had a smoke alarm in years. Because if I can't get my son out of the house because the thing is blaring, then what's the point?

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 10:17:20 AM PDT

    •  Odd idea (3+ / 0-)
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      vzfk3s, FloridaSNMOM, xaxnar

      Would it work to search for one designed for use by deaf people? Can you get them with strobes and warning lights rather than noisemakers?

      Anyone considering a dog for personal safety should treat that decision as seriously as they would buying a gun.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 03:25:49 PM PDT

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      •  TWo people in the house who get seizures (1+ / 0-)
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        xaxnar

        strobes aren't the best idea. And the ones for the deaf still have the siren in case there are hearing people in the house.

        My son is autistic, strobes may cause almost as bad a reaction as loud noises (though at least he could close his eyes). He needs a voice to talk to him, to tell him to get out because there could be a fire without loud piercing sounds that are going to immobilize him.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 03:50:16 PM PDT

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  •  A couple weeks ago one of my (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, xaxnar

    smoke detectors was giving the bad battery sound. I got the ladder out, took it down with new battery in hand. I noticed that the unit had a replacement date written on it, and was past due, so off to the store for a new one.

    When I got home with the new one I removed the old mounting, because of course the new one had a different mount. Put the new mount in, then grabbed the new detector, put a new battery in and push the test button....nada. The darn thing did not work. Back on the ladder to take down the mount, then back to the store for a new new detector. I opened the replacement at the store nada again. I ended up with a more expensive model that has what is suppose to be a 10 year battery.

    2 things I'd like to pass on: 1. Test a new detector before starting to install it. 2. The more expensive model with a 10 year battery will save you money over time, and is less hassle as well.

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