What Do the Lights on the Halo and Halo+ Mean?

What Do the Lights on the Halo and Halo+ Mean?

Because Halo and Halo+ (formerly Halo WX) alert users to multiple kinds of dangers, our devices emit different lights based on the type of threat they detect.

Here’s a breakdown of which colors means what:

Red - When Halo detects concerning levels of smoke in your home, it will begin slowing pulsing in a red hue. As the smoke level increases, the speed of the light’s pulse will accelerate.

Red + White - If the threat has not been resolved and the smoke detected has reached a dangerous level, the red pulse will change to a red and white flashing light which is also accompanied by auditory warnings.

Amber - When carbon monoxide (CO) has been detected, your Halo will begin slowly pulsing an amber light and, as with the smoke detection, the speed of the pulse will accelerate as the level of CO increases.

Amber + White - If it becomes unsafe for you to be in the room where CO has been detected, the orange pulse will turn to an orange and white flashing light, along with an auditory alert: "Danger, CO in the living room, move to fresh air."

Blue - When Halo+ receives a tornado watch, the device will emit a blue pulse.

Blue + White - If a tornado watch in your area turns to a tornado warning, then the blue pulse will change to a blue and white flashing light. Halo not only uses these colored lights to indicate threats, but also emits specific verbal warnings to inform families when a threat has been detected.

In addition to the standard light settings, our Halo devices can be programmed to emit lights in many different colors based on your weather & safety needs, such as for other programmed warnings on Halo+, as well as practical needs such as nightlights for your children.

#BeatTheHeat – Extreme Heat Safety

Even though it’s the middle of August, the US is still in the middle of some serious heat (particularly in the Southeast). The Ready campaign and America’s PrepareAthon! are promoting awareness of extreme heat, as well as ideas for ways to beat the heat. If the region you live in is affected by this extreme summer heat, check out some of these safety tips; Know Your Risk
  • A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often accompanied by excessive humidity.
  • Stay tuned to local weather forecasts for heat advisories and excessive heat warnings.
  • Learn the difference between a Heat Outlook, Watch, and Warnings.
  • Approximately 175 Americans die every year from extreme heat. Learn more about heat safety, here.
General Tips to Reduce Heat Impact
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty (this also helps prevent dehydration, heat stroke, and more).
  • If you begin to develop heat cramps, rest in a cool place and drink something with electrolytes and sodium, like a sports drink.
  • Frequently check on seniors and people who are ill or may need extra help in the heat.
Stay Indoors • In extreme heat, stay indoors with a working air conditioning system and limit sun exposure. • Fans aren’t enough! If you live in an area affected by extreme heat but do not have A/C at home, go to a public place like a shopping mall or movie theater. • During summer months, about 40% of heat buildup in homes happens because of windows. Use curtains and/or awnings to keep the heat out. • Check A/C ducts for proper installations and weather strip your doors and windows to prevent heat from entering and keep cool air in. Outdoor Protection
  • Loose-fitting clothing actually keeps you cooler than skintight attire. Wear loose, lightweight materials to beat the summer heat.
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles, where temperatures can easily climb to triple digits.
  • Restrict strenuous activity during the hottest parts of the day (11am-2pm).

Halo Goes to Kenya!

If you received our July newsletter, then you already know how excited we are that Halo recently began working with the Red Cross in Kenya. Last month, we signed a deal for the shipment of one thousand Halo One devices to Nairobi, Kenya, which will be placed in informal settlements like the Mukuru neighborhood. In these settlements, a single home fire can spread and destroy a whole neighborhood before people are able to contain it. The Haven Command Center, Halo’s central information hub, will enable local authorities and support organizations like Red Cross Kenya to pinpoint the location of a single home fire and contain it before fire can spread to other homes. During our trip to Nairobi, we'll work with Red Cross volunteers to train them in installing Halo One devices in homes and maintaining the Haven Command Center. Initiatives like this are just one example of how the Red Cross could engage a new global mission to focus on preventative measures against disaster, in addition to their support and relief measures after the fact. Even with a limited deployment, the Halo One devices being sent to Nairobi could potentially save hundreds of lives in just the next few months, and will deliver valuable insight to assist our goal of reducing global fire deaths by 50% during the next 5 years. Haven will be central to this goal, as the hub will allow us to gather data on different types of fires and the frequency in which they occur. At Halo Smart Labs, we’re thrilled about this opportunity to take our mission to protect families from fire to a global scale. We’ll post updates as we finalize the details and journey to Nairobi. In the meantime, stay tuned for the latest Halo updates here, and by signing up for our newsletter!