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Nest recalling thousands of smoke detectors due to safety concerns

technologyEdward KiledjianComment
Image by  Steve Jurvetson  under Creative Commons License

Image by Steve Jurvetson under Creative Commons License

Everyone knows a smoke detector is a critical installation of every house. It can mean the difference between life and death. So when a company recalls nearly half a million smoke detectors (aka NEST) because of an issue, you have to stand up and take notice.

In this case the Nest Protect Smoke + CO system has an alarm muting feature that is activated by waving your arms within view of the sensor. It seems that in some circumstances, during a fire, NEST could interpret your waving panicking arms as the signal to turn off the alarm (even if it is a real fire).  NEST has a temporary software fix that will automatically be downloaded to your WIFI connected PROTECT that will disable this feature while they work on a permanent fix. Just make sure your don't burn your toast because you won't have a way to silence the NEST PROTECT until the permanent fix is pushed out. 

If you have this device, make sure it is connected to your WIFI and linked to your NEST account to the temporary fix is automatically pushed. You can also call NEST Labs support at (800) 249-4280 or click on the special information webpage (link).