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Of course, one of our main mom goals is to keep our family as safe as possible. But sometimes it's hard to find the information we don't even know we need. Obviously, we want to keep our home safe from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. But it can be hard to know if we are doing everything right. It has taken me several years to get to a place where I feel like our home safety is under control. And I'm finally able to sleep at night. Find out how the Onelink Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is allowing me to sleep easy.
I'm sharing information on fires and carbon monoxide safety. This information is something I researched and pertains to the layout and size of my home. I encourage you to do your own research to find out the proper placement for your own smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to keep your family safe.
I want to share my story and love of First Alert Onelink, to help make sure that your family is safe at home, too. I certainly don't want this to be alarming, ha – get it, but I think most of us don't have our houses set up to keep us as safe as possible, especially at night.
The Onelink Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is super easy to install and comes in a hardwired or battery operated version. The hardwired version also has a battery back-up to provide protection even in power outages. This two-in-one alarm lets you know when smoke or carbon monoxide is detected in your home.
Learn More About the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector in This Video
Why Family Safety is So Important to Me
A few years ago, my family was in a car accident. Everyone was ok. While we had some damage to our car, there were no injuries and we all moved on from it pretty quickly. Something that I didn't expect to get, however, was night anxiety (it's a term I've coined for myself.)
For months after the accident, I found myself awake at night. I would worry about keeping my kids as safe as possible from all kinds of situations, most of them being things that were out of my control. I worried about natural disasters and how fast I could be at their school to pick them up should something happen.
At night I would plan escape routes in my head from our house for all kinds of scenarios, one of the recurring scenarios, being fire. But when daylight would come, the anxiety was far less severe and I could function rather normally. But I really needed more sleep. I chatted with a friend who suggested that I try to do the things to help keep us safe, taking control of the things that I could, to help alleviate some of the stress.
So I purchased some emergency kits for my house. I discussed evacuation plans with my kids and I also started to learn more about keeping my home safe from fires and carbon monoxide. As I started to tackle the to-do list I created for myself, I began to let go of some of the things that were out of my control. And I started to sleep again.
While I was finally able to sleep most nights without irrational worrying, the fire safety of our home still bothered me. We're especially vulnerable at night and I just knew we weren't as prepared as we could be.
As renters, our landlord is ultimately really the one responsible for providing the alarms where needed. About a year ago, our landlord came by to install a new smoke alarm in our house. He placed it in the kitchen, about 5 feet from our oven. As soon as I would push the preheat button on the oven, the alarm would sound.
It was insane. This is when I really started to take things into my own hands and research where things should go. Smoke alarms should be placed at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
So I disabled the alarm and went right back to worrying. After a few months, I decided I need to reach out to the landlord and ask them to install another one, in a better location. I hate to rely on our landlord and never want to be a pest, but it was really bothering me. Our landlords are really awesome, so he came over and installed a new alarm in our dining area (far enough away from our oven, but still close to the kitchen and garage). He also added another alarm at the end of the hall (where our original carbon monoxide detector was).
Per my research, smoke alarms should be placed in common areas (like a living room – especially if on a different floor from the bedrooms), the hallway near the sleeping area and each bedroom. So while I now had an alarm in our common area, I still only had an alarm in the hallway to keep us safe at night.
At the time, I thought that was fine. The alarm was placed where our whole family could hear it. And I spoke to my kids about where and how they could get out of the house in an emergency. But then we started using the heater as the weather turned cold. And something about that triggered my night anxiety. Right away, I knew there was more that we could be doing to stay protected.
Not only was I worried about fire danger, many of our appliances potentially give off carbon monoxide gas. And so I had a new night anxiety to deal with.
It wasn't until our Cub Scout pack visited a local fire station, where I was finally able to put all the pieces together and get our family home fire and carbon monoxide safe once and for all.
From our local firemen, I learned that most doors hung on bedrooms are 1-hour fire rated. That means that if the door is closed, and a fire is in the hallway, the door should be able to keep the flames from coming into the room for about an hour (they did say, however, that you would want to place clothing or blankets, under the door to keep the smoke from coming in) giving plenty of time to be rescued if needed.
Wow. That's so great I thought. And my son told me that he was going to start sleeping with the door shut. And that first night, with his door shut, it dawned on me that if a fire broke out inside his room, with his door shut, smoke might not reach the smoke alarm in the hallway and alert the rest of the family and wake him up to get to safety.
So guess what, each bedroom now has a Onelink Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm. And I'm sleeping like a baby. The installation of the Onelink Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm was super simple (we have the battery operated version). And because I have the Onelink app on my phone, the unit will alert me when smoke or carbon monoxide is detected whether I'm home or not. This is huge! This is one of those things that makes me love technology!
The smoke and carbon monoxide detector also has voice alerts to let us know the type and location of the danger detected. It's like having a member of the family awake all night worrying about keeping my family safe so that I don't have to worry about it. While I could have just put regular old smoke alarms in each bedroom and felt better, I decided to put my trust in the Onelink Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm. First Alert Onelink is a trusted name in fire safety and their use of technology to provide important information on your family's safety was a huge selling point for me.
The Onelink Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is like my security blanket. I know that I always need to be vigilant with our safety, but knowing that I have Onelink on my side means I can get the sleep I need. And also, it's really cute. It's sleek and modern and fits seamlessly with the rest of your home decor.
And when you have more than one unit, they interconnect wirelessly. Which means when one sounds, they all sound ensuring that your family doesn't miss the alarm.
Where to Install your Onelink Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Information from Onelink User's Manual
• On every level of your home, including finished attics and basements.
• Inside every bedroom, especially if people sleep with the door partly or completely closed.
• In the hall near every sleeping area. If your home has multiple sleeping areas, install a unit in each. If a hall is more than 40 feet long, install a unit at each end.
• At the top of the first-to-second floor stairs.
• At the bottom of the basement stairs.
Placement of the Onelink Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
• When installing on a wall, the battery version should be no further than 12″ from the ceiling.
• When installing on the ceiling, place the alarm as close to the center as possible.
• In either case, install at least 4″ from where the wall and ceiling meet.
Where Not to Place Your Alarm
See the User's Manual for a list of all the locations where you should not place the alarm.
How Often to Test Your Alarm
• It is suggested that you test your alarm weekly to ensure that it is working properly.
• Simply use the test button to test your alarm.
How to Maintain Your Alarm
• Clean the Smoke/CO alarm monthly. See the User's Manual for detailed directions.
When to Replace the Batteries in Your Alarm
• Battery life depends on the Smoke/CO alarm and the environment where it's installed.
• Regardless of the manufacturer's suggested battery life, you MUST replace the battery immediately when the unit starts chirping. (Chirping is the “low battery warning” that happens approx. once a minute.)
• The unit uses a 3 cell lithium metal battery.
When to Replace the Unit
• After 10 years of operation, the unit should be deactivated and replaced.
Side note: While the Onelink Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm will help to keep your family safe, it isn't a replacement for proper home and appliance maintenance. And don't forget to make sure your fire extinguishers are up to date also.
By using Onelink to help me keep my family safe from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, I'm able to focus on the other needs of my family. I can't believe how long it took me to figure out where to put the alarms to keep my family safest. Fire safety probably isn't something that you think about every day but I encourage you to take the time to take stock of the areas where you may need to add an alarm.
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The Onelink Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm gave me a little bit of my life back and I am super grateful!