(NC) You upgrade your cell phone, home appliances, car – even lightbulbs. But when was the last time you upgraded your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms?

There is a new generation of home safety technology that can better protect homes and families from the threats of smoke, fire and CO. Upgrade your level of protection with alarms that feature the newest safety enhancements.

10-year battery: According to the Canadian National Fire Information Database, 80 per cent of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, often due to missing alarm batteries. Helping to address this issue, one of the greatest advancements in alarm technology in recent years has been the development of 10-year sealed battery alarms. Offering hassle-free protection, these alarms eliminate the risk of having an alarm deactivated due to battery removal. Plus, 10-year alarms make low-battery chirps and battery replacement a thing of the past.

Voice and location: Alarms with this advanced feature use a loud, pre-recorded human voice to alert residents in case of smoke or unhealthy levels of CO, and to the specific location of the hazard within the home. Studies show that children age six to 10 are awakened more readily by voice rather than a beeping alarm, making this technology ideal if you have young kids. Plus, voice and location help save time by identifying where smoke or CO is detected in the home, so you can determine the fastest and safest ways out.

Smart features: The biggest benefit of installing smart smoke and CO alarms is the ability to control them from your phone and receive alerts in the event of an emergency, whether at home or away. Get more out of your smart alarm with the Onelink Safe & Sound by First Alert, which not only provides intelligent smoke and CO detection but also functions as a premium home speaker and has Amazon Alexa built in. This innovative device makes life easier, from playing music with superior sound to offering simple hands-free commands with Alexa.

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