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The CNET Smart Home is a cool place to test out new tech, but it's also where we see the rubber hit the road. What exactly can smart-home tech do to protect your house against disasters? Let's take a look.

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We chose the Fibaro Flood Sensor for the house, because it performs well and features a flexible design.

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Using the FortrezZ Water Valve, when water is detected under a pipe, SmartThings can automatically shut off the supply and minimize flooding damage.

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The Nest Protect doubles as a smoke and CO detector. Plus its self-testing technology keeps you informed, but not annoyed.

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The Nest Protect also integrates with the Nest Learning Thermostat, so if a fire is detected, the HVAC system will stop blowing air and fueling the blaze.

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Philips Hue also integrates with the Nest Protect, so your lights can flash different colors to indicate different domestic threats.

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For power outages, we decided to install BeOn bulbs, which have built-in battery packs to keep them powered, even when electricity goes out.

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We also picked up an i-Bright Surge Protector, which protects expensive electronics, like TVs and video game systems. But it also allows for remote control via a mobile app. Check out the full rundown of our disaster-prepped Smart Home.

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