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Emerging consumer technologies underscores value of Smart Home Summit

By Susan McKelvey

New and emerging consumer technologies are popping up everywhere, with the goal of making our lives easier, healthier and more efficient than ever before. A segment on The Today Show covered many of them at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicked off yesterday.

Overall, it’s exciting to see what’s on the horizon for our homes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, an app showing how people can preheat their ovens or turn off a burner when they’re away from home, which may sound like a true convenience to the average consumer, presents concerns that need to be carefully considered and addressed. Moreover, it underscores that while some technologies may make life more convenient for consumers, they may inadvertently compromise safety in the process.

Understanding that “smart” technologies will be increasingly used in homes in the years ahead, NFPA hosted its first-ever “Smart Homes Summit” in Palo Alto, CA, this past fall. The summit brought together emergency responders and fire safety professionals with the home building and technology communities in an effort to guide technology developers (i.e., Nest) in effectively addressing the home fire problem.

On a broader level, as new technologies begin to shift and change the way people live and function at home, we’ll continue to work collaboratively to ensure that we remain at the forefront of emerging technologies, and are fully ready to address and respond to them.

How do you think our lives will be impacted by emerging consumer technologies? Do you think they’re cool, exciting, a bit scary? Let us know your thoughts!

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


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