My Smoke Detector Hates My Cooking: What Should I Do?

When you’re putting the finishing touches on your family’s dinner, the last thing you want to contend with is the smoke alarm sounding needlessly. There are a few things you can do to prevent the smoke alarm from going off while you cook, and there are a few things you can do if it does go off anyway.

To prevent the smoke alarm from going off while you’re cooking, you should:

  • Make sure the hood above your range is running. This will vent away gasses that might cause the smoke detector to go off.
  • Keep a window open while you cook. This will keep a fresh supply of oxygen coming in, and this will also dissipate any smoke that might be coming from your stove.
  • Be mindful of what you’re doing and cook at appropriate temperatures. You certainly don’t want to burn your food, and you certainly don’t want it to catch fire either!

In the event that you do trigger your smoke detector while cooking, here are some things you should and shouldn’t do.

  • If you’ve not already opened a window, do so now. The outside air will help dissipate the vapors that are setting the detector off.
  • Take a towel and beat it near the smoke detector. Doing so well help knock away smoke and fumes that are causing it to go off.
  • As long as you’re sure there’s no other danger, hit the silence button to turn off the alarm.
  • DO NOT unplug the detector or remove its battery! All of the noise may be an inconvenience right now, but, if something goes wrong, your life could depend on that smoke detector functioning correctly.

By following these rules, you and your smoke detector should get along famously. However, if your current detector is more trouble than it’s worth, consider switching to one made by Crossfire. Ours are made with the consumer in mind, and provide excellence in smoke detection with our state-of-the-art technology.

170 Reasons to Own a Carbon Monoxide Detector

On average, 170 people per year die in the United States from non-automotive related carbon monoxide poisonings. Sure, that may be a small number. However, it’s 170 too many when you consider how easily all of those deaths could have been prevented by a working carbon monoxide detector. Because carbon monoxide is tasteless and odorless, it can be present at dangerous levels in your home or place of work without anyone knowing. That’s why carbon monoxide is often referred to as the “Silent Killer.” Installing a carbon monoxide detector is a foolproof way to ensure that you and your family never become the victim of a senseless, easily preventable tragedy.

Detectors come in a wide variety of styles. Some can be installed into the ceiling like a traditional smoke alarm, while others can be plugged directly into a wall socket. Either kind is effective, but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions on proper placement. Because of the tasteless, odorless nature of carbon monoxide, sleeping individuals are particular susceptible to poisoning. That’s why it’s generally recommended that a detector be present within bedrooms or at least in the hallway outside of them. Depending upon the size of your home, you may also want to place a carbon monoxide detector in other living spaces or in your basement (particularly if you have a furnace).

Crossfire offers state-of-the-art carbon monoxide detectors capable of protecting you and your family. The detectors communicate wirelessly with one another, which means a potential carbon monoxide leak can be detected faster. This gives you and your family more time to react in the event of an emergency. Making the choice to install a detector in your home today will prevent you from becoming one of the 170 reasons that you should’ve owned one tomorrow!

For more on keeping your home safe from carbon monoxide, take a look at our carbon monoxide detectors over at Crossfire Alarms.

How To Prepare Your Children For a Fire Emergency

Crossfire Alarms loves children, and we’re sure that you do too. Their boundless wonder and thirst for knowledge makes them a joy to pretty much everyone who encounters them. However, children are always in the process of coming to an understanding of what the world is and how the world works. This makes them especially vulnerable to the immediate effects of an emergency. That’s why it’s vitally important that you prepare the children in your life for the possibility of a fire.

While we might like to think that we will always be there to help and protect our children, the truth is otherwise. No matter how well we prepare, in dire circumstances we might not always be able to help them. Should a house fire ever strike your home, you want your children to understand what’s happening around them and to know how to act. That’s why the government recommends going over an emergency escape plan with your children. This will help them to understand what to do in the event of a serious emergency. To aid in this, it’s also recommended that you take the time to role-play an emergency with them. This will give them the chance to see how your emergency plan works in action, which will in turn prepare them to act accordingly, should the worst ever come to pass.

All the emergency preparation in the world won’t amount to anything, however, if you don’t have warning of an emergency. This is why it’s vitally important that you install smoke detectors in your home. The smoke detectors made by Crossfire are state-of-art and offer the kind of protection and warning your family needs should tragedy befall your home. Make sure your children know what a smoke detector’s alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear one.

More Lives Saved By Functioning Smoke Detector

According to Eyewitness News 3 in Connecticut, the proper functioning of a home’s smoke detector saved the lives of a mother and her two small children. After just having left for work, the father of the family received a call that we all dread: his home was burning down. If there was one silver lining in the phone call, however, it was that his wife was the one calling. Moreover, his wife was able to let him know that not only she, but both of their children, had escaped the fire without injury.

While the cause of the fire within their home has yet to be discerned, the working theory is that it started in the laundry room. We often think of smoke detectors as protecting us when we’re at our most vulnerable—while we’re sleeping, for example. However, fires can happen at any time, and we might not always be immediately aware of a fire’s presence within our home. In this case, the fire took place in the morning. The fact that a smoke detector alerted the family to the emergency gave them valuable time to escape from danger and preserve their lives.

If your home is without a smoke detector, or if your home needs its smoke detectors replaced, then you need to seriously consider installing Crossfire’s top-of-the-line smoke detectors. They utilize dual photoelectric and ionization detectors, and they’re capable of communicating with each other wirelessly. This wireless communication speeds up the warning you and your family will get in the event of an emergency. And, if there’s one thing that counts in the event of a fire, it’s time. Just ask the family from Connecticut.



Massachusetts Moving to Require CO Detectors in Public Buildings

A recent report from the Gloucester Times points out that the state of Massachusetts is moving to require carbon monoxide detectors in its public buildings. Although the state already mandates that homes, condos and apartments contain CO detectors, it has yet to make this a requirement for its public buildings, including schools and town halls. Despite the costs associated with fitting Massachusetts’s many public buildings with the carbon monoxide detectors, the overwhelming majority of public officials support the measure.

These officials realize the danger that carbon monoxide poses. As a tasteless and odorless gas, carbon monoxide can be present in any home or business without anyone being the wiser. That’s why carbon monoxide is known around the world as the “silent killer.” The only way to accurately ascertain whether or not it is present at dangerous levels is to utilize carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors work much like a smoke detector, monitoring the ambient air and then alerting those around with an alarm should CO levels reach a dangerous level.

We at Crossfire understand the danger that carbon monoxide poses, as well. That’s why we’ve worked to develop state-of-the-art carbon monoxide detectors that are ideal for protecting any home or business. Made to operate more efficiently and effectively than industry standards dictate, our carbon monoxide detectors also communicate with each other wirelessly, adding an added layer of protection. So, if you’re considering fitting your district’s public offices, or even your home or business, with carbon monoxide detectors, we recommend choosing Crossfire’s top-of-the-line CO detectors.



How Loud Is The Alarm On A Smoke Detector?

No doubt, you’ve heard the piercing whine of a smoke detector’s alarm before. But just how loud are they? The answer is not as cut and dry as you might think. The National Fire Protection Association, which oversees such things, necessitates that smoke alarms sound at a minimum of 75 decibels. For comparison, this is roughly the same volume as a vacuum cleaner under normal operation. On average, however, most smoke alarms in the United States sound at approximately 85 decibels. This is roughly the same volume as a diesel truck passing by at 40 mph at a distance of approximately fifty feet.

The alarm on a smoke detector is loud for good reason. While its volume might be a nuisance from time to time or occasionally unnerving, smoke detectors are designed to warn you of real, serious danger. If you’re the kind of person that could sleep through World War III, you’ll be glad that your smoke detectors are as loud as they are in the event of a serious emergency within your home.

Crossfire’s state-of-the-art smoke detectors are made with 100 decibel semi-conductor driven piezo horns. 100 decibels is a volume that is sure to wake up even the deepest sleeper among us. But how loud is that? By comparison, that’s as loud as a jet would sound while taking off 300 meters in front of you. It’s also as loud as a jackhammer! Now, we know that might be loud, but trust us when we say that you’ll be glad it’s so loud if our smoke detectors ever go off while you’re sleeping.



How Many Smoke Detectors Do I Need?

So you’ve made the decision to purchase Crossfire’s state-of-the-art smoke detectors. But how many are you going to need? As you might imagine, this is going to depend on the size of your home and a few other guidelines.

Most importantly, you’ll need to have at least one smoke detector near where you and your family will be sleeping. In the event of a fire during the nighttime, it’s important that a detector be in close enough proximity to your bedroom in order to wake you up. This is extremely important, because a fire might grow to unmanageable levels if given enough time. Even more dangerously, if toxic fumes are allowed to build up, then they might render you and your family members unconscious and unable to escape.

Because kitchen appliances cause a high number of household fires, you’ll want to have one near (but not in) your kitchen. Although it might make sense to have a smoke detector in your kitchen, the sensors are sensitive enough to be triggered by ordinary cooking.

Beyond these critical locations, you’ll want to consider the size of your home when contemplating further coverage. While a small one- or two-bedroom apartment might be sufficiently covered by two smoke detectors, a large multi-level home will require more. If, for example, the hallway outside of your bedroom is longer than 40 feet, two detectors would be recommended. In addition, if you sleep with your bedroom door closed, you might consider a detector within the room itself—especially if it contains any large household appliances, such as an air conditioner or a television.

With these simple guidelines, you should be armed with the knowledge you need to properly protect yourself and your loved ones.

For more on keeping your home safe, take a look at our smoke detectors over at Crossfire Alarms.


How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher

Small fires can and will happen. If, like many homeowners, you have a fire extinguisher in your home, it’s important that you know how to use it properly. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is an excellent resource for homeowners, and it offers these guidelines—among others—for the proper use of a fire extinguisher:

  • Know what kind of extinguisher you have: Not all extinguishers are the same, and each contains different chemicals for fighting different kinds of fires.
  • Only attempt to contain small fires: Generally, you should only attempt to use a fire extinguisher if it is contained in a very small area.
  • Be sure the fire’s fumes do not pose a health risk: A fire caused by or containing dangerous chemicals could create fumes that could cause injury or death.
  • Regularly maintain your fire extinguisher: Is it easily accessible? Is the canister at the right pressure? In the event of an emergency, you want the answer to these questions to be: Yes!

It’s important to know when not to use a fire extinguisher. If the fire in your home has reached a point at which it has triggered your home’s smoke detectors, it is likely too large to be contained or extinguished by a consumer-grade fire extinguisher. In this event, you should immediately seek safety outside your home and alert the authorities. Only firefighting professionals have the training, tools and expertise to extinguish such fires. It might be difficult to lose some or all of your personal belongings to a fire in your home, but it’s much better than losing your life trying to fight the flames.


Indianapolis Crafts New Regulations Regarding Smoke Detectors

The Indianapolis City Council has moved to alter their regulations regarding residential smoke detectors, according to the Investor’s Business Journal. Recently they voted to require that all smoke detectors in residential buildings be of the new tamperproof, long-life battery kind. The move comes in reaction to the dangers posed by people failing to change the batteries on their smoke detectors regularly, or worse disabling them when they become a nuisance.

It’s true that smoke detectors can become an annoyance from time to time when they’re set off by something as simple as making a grilled cheese sandwich on your stove top. But, it’s vitally important to your life and livelihood that you not interfere with the course of your smoke detectors’ normal operation. If your smoke detector ever becomes a problem, don’t disable it. Instead, take measures to quiet it such as beating away the offending vapors with a towel or simply hitting its “silence” button.

Of course, sometimes they seem as if they have a mind of their own, don’t they? Well, not exactly. When your smoke detectors beep with regularity, that more than likely means that its time for them to be replaced. If this is the case, Crossfire’s top-of-the-line smoke detectors make a great replacement. Anticipating that industry and community standards will only become more rigorous, we’ve built ours with tamperproof, long-life batteries. Installing Crossfire smoke detectors in your home will keep you in compliance with community standards, and will keep you and your loved ones well protected in case of the worst.



The Top 3 Causes of Home Fires

Knowing the potential causes of a fire within your home can help prevent one from happening in the first place. Here are the top three causes of house fires in the United States:

  1. Cooking: It sure is fun to mix it up in the kitchen, but, when you do, always make sure that you’re being safe! Never leave pots and pans unattended. Anything can happen while you’re cooking, so you want to make sure that you’re there to react if something happens. In the event that you do start a fire in your kitchen, don’t panic! Most kitchen fires are grease fires, and they can be quickly extinguished by covering the pan with a metal lid, which deprives the fire of oxygen.
  2. Electrical Appliances: Believe it or not, all those fun gadgets and gizmos that you’ve got lying around can be a potential fire hazard. With so many things to plug in and use these days, it’s important to make sure that you’re not overloading your circuits! If you ever plug something in and it creates sparks, make sure to unplug it immediately.
  3. Heating Appliances: Go figure that the things the supply heat to your home might be potential fire hazards! In general, most heating appliances are entirely safe. However, space heaters have always been particularly troublesome when in comes to house fires. When using one, always make sure that it has adequate clearance from nearby furniture and fabrics. It should also go with out saying, but sadly sometimes doesn’t, that space heaters which rely on internal combustion should never be used indoors. Just don’t do it!

Wherever any of these factors are present in your home, make sure that the area is adequately covered by a smoke detector. Crossfire’s state-of-the-art smoke detectors make an excellent choice, and will keep your family safe in the event of the worst!