What To Do If Your Crossfire Carbon Monoxide Detector Goes Off

We’re really glad that you decided to invest in a state-of-the-art carbon monoxide detector for your home. At Crossfire Alarms, we take the threat posed by carbon monoxide very seriously, which is why we’ve manufactured our detectors to exceed all industry standards. In addition, that’s why we’ve built them to communicate with each other wirelessly. We want to ensure that you’re alerted to a danger anywhere in your home, everywhere in your home. This, we believe, is the only way to adequately protect you and your family from injury or loss of life as the result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Rather obviously, we hope that you never have to hear your Crossfire carbon monoxide detector going off for a real emergency (only when you’re testing it). However, in the event that you do, we thought we should let you know what to do in a real carbon monoxide emergency.

First, make sure that you immediately turn off any appliances or equipment that might be causing carbon monoxide levels to rise. The levels will only build if those devices are left on, and this could be very dangerous.

Second, open windows and doors to increase ventilation to the area. However, don’t simply do this and remain where you are. Instead, get yourself to an outdoor area where there will be an abundance of clean air to breathe.

Third, once you’re out of the area, don’t go back in. Even if someone needs rescuing, you’ll be putting your life at risk by reentering.

Fourth, call the authorities! Instead of risking your life, let the authorities, who are qualified to deal with such a situation, do what they do best. A carbon monoxide leak is a serious event, and you need the right people to come in order to deal with it.

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

What Causes Carbon Monoxide to be Present in an Environment?

If you’re aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, and the reasons why it’s often referred to as “the Silent Killer”, then you may also wish to know what things can cause carbon monoxide to become present in an environment. Because we take carbon monoxide and its detection so seriously at Crossfire Alarms, we thought that we’d take this opportunity to educate the public on the different things that can create carbon monoxide during operation.

In general, any piece of equipment that relies upon combustion to operate can be a potential source of carbon monoxide. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the most common sources of carbon monoxide in your home or place of work:

  • Furnaces and hot-water heaters
  • Gas-burning, wood-burning and charcoal-burning grills
  • Ranges and ovens, particular ones that use natural gas
  • Portable generators (which should never be operated indoors!)
  • Any vehicle with a gas-burning internal combustion engine
  • Space heaters that use fuel (which should never be operated indoors!)

Because any of these pieces of equipment can be a potential source of carbon monoxide, it’s important that they’re checked regularly to ensure that they’re operating properly. If any of these devices is potentially creating a carbon monoxide leak, the consequences can be disastrous and fatal.

In order to properly protect yourself from the many dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s important that you have carbon monoxide detectors and alarms present in your home and place of work. If you haven’t installed carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, then please reach out to Crossfire Alarms today. The ones that we’ve manufactured are truly state of the art, using multiple forms of detection and wireless communication. Their presence in your home or workplace could be the difference between life and death.

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

What Are The Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

If you’ve never heard of carbon monoxide poisoning before, then listen up! It can have disastrous health consequences, and if it’s not detected early enough, it can be fatal. That’s why we take carbon monoxide poisoning very seriously here at Crossfire Alarms, and it’s why we wanted to take this opportunity to warn you about the symptoms you can look for.

If you suspect that someone around you is suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, the symptoms will likely include the following:

  • A minor-seeming dull headache that’s accompanied by blurred vision
  • A general feeling of weakness or dizziness
  • Severe nausea, which could lead to vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath
  • A feeling of confusion or delirium
  • The loss of consciousness

Of course, these are rather general symptoms that one might experience from carbon monoxide poisoning, and they could be the result of something else. For this reason, you’ll have to also consider the circumstances when determining whether or not someone is suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

In general, you can expect carbon monoxide to present around any device or piece of equipment that requires combustion to operate. This is why, for example, cars are a frequent source of carbon monoxide. In addition, generators, grills, and gas ranges and stoves can be sources of carbon monoxide. If any of these devices is operating incorrectly, or is being operated in a poorly ventilated area, then carbon monoxide poisoning could be possible.

Of course, the only real way to know if carbon monoxide poisoning is happening is to use a detector. If you don’t already have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home or place of work, then why not purchase one from Crossfire Alarms? Ours are state of the art, and they can adequately protect you from even having to experience the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning in the first place.

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

What are the Effects of Smoke Inhalation?

A fire is nasty, but smoke can be even worse. You might think that the fire itself most often causes fire-related deaths, but this isn’t actually the case. Most often, it’s the smoke that wreaks the most havoc. For this reason, we thought it might be useful to go over the effects of smoke inhalation, if only to underscore the point that if there’s a fire within your home, then it’s important to get out!

When exposed to smoke, you will most likely develop a cough and have trouble breathing. There are a few different reasons for this, not the least of which is the smoke itself replacing oxygen in the environment (and the fire depleting it). Moreover, the smoke and any hazardous chemicals that may be in it will irritate your respiratory tract.

Smoke can affect more than your breathing, though. Because of the number of irritants present within smoke, you may experience irritation and redness in the eyes, as well as a change in your skin color. In addition, because of these factors and oxygen deprivation, you will likely experience a headache, which could accompany a significant deterioration in your mental faculties.

If you’re unable to leave an environment where a tremendous amount of smoke is present, these effects will only get worse as time moves on, and you could eventually risk losing your life. That’s why you should always seek a way to escape smoke that’s caused by a fire, and why you should stay close to the ground, where the smoke will be less prevalent.

Of course, we also recommend that your home and workplace be protected by a state-of-the-art smoke detector and alarm, like the ones we manufacture at Crossfire Alarms. These can help you to be alerted to smoke and a fire before the situation gets dire enough for you to experience the negative effects of smoke inhalation.

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/lung/smoke_inhalation_treatment_firstaid.htm

Ways You Can Prevent Fires In Your Home

We don’t manufacture our state-of-the-art smoke detectors in the hope that they see heavy use. In fact, we hope that you never have to hear the sound of one of our Crossfire Alarms smoke detectors going off in an emergency situation. Because of this, we thought we’d share some simple steps you can take to prevent a fire from ever taking place in your home:

1 – If you’re a smoker, then make sure you’re doing all of your smoking outdoors, and that you have a receptacle fit to handle all of the ash and butts. Better yet: why not quit?

2 – Keep your gasoline outside, where it belongs. Gas fumes can build up in an enclosed area, creating a dangerous situation. For this reason, also make sure that you’re adequately sealing off gas canisters after use.

3 – Don’t use candles near flammable objects; one simple accident can create a hazardous situation. Also, make sure that you properly extinguish candles after you’re done using them, and never leave them burning while you’re asleep.

4 – Keep flammable objects away from anything that provides heat to your home. It’s amazing how little it can take some fabrics to catch fire, and this is something that you don’t ever want to find out firsthand.

5 – Don’t leave cooking food unattended. Anytime you have an open fire in your home, even if it’s just on a gas range, it requires your vigilance. You never know what can happen in the kitchen once you leave the room and your food is unattended.

6 – Devise a fire escape plan with your family. In the event that the worst comes to pass, you want to make sure that every member of your family knows what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency. This may not prevent a fire; but it will prevent injury and loss of life in the event of one.

Trouble with Smoke Detectors in the City of Milwaukee

We get frustrated when we hear that people aren’t using smoke detectors, but probably not as frustrated as the fire department in Milwaukee. According to FOX6, there have been a string of fire-related deaths in the city, and they all have one thing in common. According to FOX6’s report, the Milwaukee fire department’s Deputy Chief has this to say: “Every fire-related fatality this year in the city of Milwaukee has been in a place that’s had no working smoke detector.” His comments came in reaction to an apartment fire that claimed the life of one individual on August 17th. Even though the fire only took a mere 25 minutes to quell, it proved fatal.

When it comes to safety within your home, there’s simply no excuse for not having a working smoke detector. Fires can spread incredibly quickly, and the effects of smoke inhalation can be quite acute. For this reason, it’s easy to be quickly overcome by a fire and its smoke if you’re not given adequate warning of its presence. Had the individual in this case had a working smoke detector within his apartment, it’s very likely that he’d be alive today to tell about it today.

If you’ve been playing it fast and loose with your safety, then please make today the day that you decide to turn over a new leaf. Consider investing in a smoke detection system produced by Crossfire Alarms. The detectors that we manufacture are state of the art, offering multiple methods of detection that ensure you get the earliest warning of danger possible. Even more, these alarms communicate with each other wirelessly, which means that you’ll be alerted to a danger in your home, wherever you might be within your home.

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“Not one working smoke detector:” Man dies in fire, is community getting the message?

Trouble With Carbon Monoxide and Grilling from Across the Pond

Carbon monoxide, also known as “the Silent Killer,” doesn’t discriminate based on borders or nationalities. Its dangers are ever present, no matter where you’re located in the world. Recently, according to the Daily Mail, an incident in Britain nearly claimed the lives of three elderly individuals. According to the report, they had been grilling indoors, when the carbon monoxide fumes created a situation wherein they were incapacitated. They might have lost their lives if not for another individual, who was himself overcome by the fumes, miraculously having the wherewithal to contact the authorities, even in his confused state. Even more miraculous: the individuals were saved by the quick and decisive work of police offers, who entered the building to save those individuals at their own peril. The officers themselves had to be treated for the acute effects of carbon monoxide poisoning as the result of their heroic effort.

We’re thankful to read that no one lost their lives, but again we at Crossfire Alarms find ourselves scratching our heads. Even though the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning are well known throughout the world, a few people still fail to employ carbon monoxide detectors and alarms within their homes and places of work. There’s simply no need for it, especially when one considers how unlikely it is that someone suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning can have the wherewithal to call for help, as was the case in the above incident.

If you and your family, or you and your coworkers, are not adequately protected from carbon monoxide poisoning by detectors and alarms, then make today the day you change that. Reach out to Crossfire Alarms today. We manufacture state-of-the-art carbon monoxide detectors and alarms that can ensure you’re protected from the ill effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Having these alarms and detectors in your home or place of work could very well save your life and the lives of others, as well.

The Silent Killer Strikes Again in Texas

It always hurts us deeply when we learn that carbon monoxide has taken another life, which was the case in Texas recently. According to ABC13, three individuals lost their lives as the result of carbon monoxide poisoning in North Harris County, Texas. No one even knew that anything was amiss, until a neighbor came to the home and spotted someone who was lying on the ground. When the firefighters arrived on the scene, they discovered that the amount of carbon monoxide present in the home was more than 7 times higher than what would be considered normal. If that doesn’t seem like a lot of carbon monoxide, then consider this: According to ABC13’s report, the firefighters had to cut a hole into the home with a chainsaw in order to get sufficient ventilation into the home so that they could conduct an investigation.

Although the report does not specify the cause behind the high levels of carbon monoxide within the home, one thing is clear: Carbon monoxide continues to be a danger to households no just in Texas, but throughout the entire country. While prevention can go a long way toward avoiding these senseless tragedies, it can only get one so far.

At Crossfire Alarms we manufacture state-of-the-art carbon monoxide detectors and alarms. These detectors and alarms use multiple forms of detection to monitor the carbon monoxide levels in your home or place work for any abnormalities, alerting you before there’s the possibility of a fatal catastrophe. We know that these simple pieces of equipment can save countless lives, and we wish that those individuals in Texas, who had their lives senselessly ripped away form them by “the Silent Killer”, had had one of our alarms installed in their home.

Source:

http://abc13.com/news/four-overcome-by-gas-leak-in-north-harris-county/257516/

Steps You Can Take to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has some useful tips for employers and employees alike to help prevent carbon monoxide poisonings from occurring in the workplace. In order to better educate our customers about the ways that they can prevent carbon monoxide from ever getting to dangerous levels, we thought we’d pass some of their recommendations along.

For Employers:

  • Make sure that your building has a ventilation system that can adequately rid your workspaces of any fumes, including carbon monoxide.
  • Ensure that any device in your building that could potentially generate carbon monoxide is checked and serviced regularly to guard against potential leaks.
  • As much as possible, try to use appliances that rely upon electricity rather than combustion to operate.
  • Don’t allow your employees to use any piece of equipment that relies upon combustion in an area that lacks proper ventilation.
  • Install and regularly maintain carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, like the state-of-the-art ones that Crossfire Alarms manufactures.

For Employees:

  • Be vigilant and keep your eyes open to any situation that might cause carbon monoxide to build to significant levels within the work environment.
  • If you suspect that you or someone else is suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, then immediately report this. Don’t delay!
  • Don’t attempt to be a hero if you suspect someone has succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Let the authorities do the rescue work instead.
  • If you believe that you’ve been exposed to a dangerous level of carbon monoxide, then inform your doctor immediately and seek treatment.
  • Don’t use any piece of equipment that relies upon combustion to operate in a poorly ventilated area. You’ll be putting yourself and others at risk.

Source:

https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/carbonmonoxide-factsheet.pdf

Sometimes Even the Authorities Get it Wrong with Carbon Monoxide

If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you may remember that water pipe break that occurred in Los Angeles. It was a terrible tragedy for the community, one that only exacerbated the unprecedented drought that the region has been experiencing. Even more, it caused significant damage to surrounding properties, including the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why is a company that manufactures carbon monoxide detectors talking about flooding in Los Angeles?” As part of the clean-up efforts at Pauley Pavilion, six people had to be hospitalized as the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to a report by KPCC. It seems that they were operating a portable generator in an indoor space, and that the generator didn’t have adequate ventilation to the outdoors. Thankfully, the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning were immediately identified, and those six individuals got the medical attention they needed.

This incident highlights a couple points we’d like to make about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning. No doubt you’re one of many families who’s invested in a portable generator in recent years, given all of the terrible weather that the country has been experiencing. If this is case, then make sure that you NEVER use that portable generator indoors. These generators create significant levels of carbon monoxide around them, and can be quite deadly if operated in this fashion.

Also, remember that the dangers of carbon monoxide are everywhere, even in a situation like the one above. For this reason, we recommend that you protect yourself and your family with a carbon monoxide detector and alarm. Because the effects of carbon monoxide can be subtle before they become fatal, this is the only way to properly protect yourself from possible loss of life. So, don’t put yourself and others at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector and alarm from Crossfire Alarms today!