Recipe to Monitor Carbon Monoxide and Smoke

Step-by-step description of how to receive an alert if your smart carbon monoxide and smoke alarm goes off. This post includes information on the equipment, steps, and set-up needed to accomplish this outcome.

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First Alert Z-Wave smart carbon monoxide and smoke alarm

This recipe outlines the steps to install a smart carbon monoxide and smoke alarm and configure it to alert you to a failure.

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Smart home hub – The first step is to set up a smart home hub so that you can use a smart alarm that supports Z-Wave or Zigbee. Many smart alarms and sensors run on batteries, so they need the low-power consumption offered by these protocols. The hub will also come with the SmartThings app that you can use to monitor and configure the smart alarm.
  2. Smart carbon monoxide and smoke alarm – You will need a smart alarm capable of connecting to your smart home to send you notifications when the alarm goes off. I have been very happy with my First Alert smart carbon monoxide and smoke alarm.
  3. Integration – The smart alarm will connect to the SmartThings application on your phone. Follow the process in the SmartThings app to connect it.
  4. Alarms – Configure the alarm by clicking on the Automation tab across the bottom of the SmartThings app. Add a SmartApp called “Notify Me When”. This SmartApp will walk you through the steps of configuring the alarm, including sending a banner notification to your cell phone and a text message when triggered.
Screenshot example of configuring the “notify me” automation to send a text message when the alarm goes off.

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