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Protect yourself and your possessions

Taking precautions to keep your home safe from smoke, carbon monoxide, electrical surges and other accidents is essential. With the risk of sounding a bit serious, a house fire is one of the most common causes of death in the UK, so it makes sense to get your home equipped with products designed to help keep you safe.

Homes without a fully operational smoke alarm are much more likely to suffer casualties than those without. At the very least, a basic smoke alarm on each floor and in each bedroom is a necessity as is a carbon monoxide detector to alert you of any gas leaks. Alternatively, an all-in-one smoke and carbon monoxide alarm will do both, so you won’t have to worry about having 2 devices in all of the necessary areas.

Nest Alarm

While these products are designed to alert you of dangers with a loud alarm, you may want to consider Nest Protect as an alternative. Nest Protect has been designed as a reinvention of the smoke alarm that will keep you safe without screaming at you when you’re trying to fry some sausages. Nest Protect alerts you to smoke or carbon monoxide not with an alarm, but with a human voice, alerting you to where smoke is or where carbon monoxide levels are rising.

It can be silenced with a wave of your arm too, so you don’t have to frantically fan away stray smoke from the toaster in the event of a false alarm. Nest Protect can also send a message to your smartphone or tablet using Wi-Fi, so you’ll always be alerted to any dangers within your home.
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We can all be absent-minded from time to time, so if you ever worry that you’ve left the iron on at home, it’s worth investing in an energy saving adapter. These adapters plug into your wall socket, and can turn off the power if you’re not around. Some devices, like TreeGreen energy EGG and Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion use motion detectors to turn appliances on and off when someone walks in or out of a room. Belkin’s WeMo adapters can also connect to your Wi-Fi, allowing you to control them remotely using your iOS or Android device, so you can cut the power off yourself, or schedule power to turn on or off at certain times of the day.

Surge protectors

You coulld also consider investing in a few surge protectors for any sockets where you’re plugging in expensive electronics. Surge protectors will not only protect your equipment from damage, but in extreme circumstances, electrical surges can cause fires. Surge protectors combat anything that might cause a spike in voltage, from electrical failures to lightning strikes. You should also remember that not all power strips contain surge protectors, so it’s worth paying a bit extra to keep your appliances and more importantly, you and family safe.