Smoke Detector Dos and Don’ts

So you’re taking the necessary step of protecting you and your family against possible death or injury from a fire by installing a smoke detector system in your home? Good for you. At Crossfire Alarms, we’re constantly surprised by how many people don’t take this important step toward ensuring their safety, and we’re glad that you’re not one of those people. We hope that you opted for a state-of-the-art wireless system like the one that we manufacture, but even if you didn’t, we thought it would be useful to share some smoke detector “dos and don’ts.”

DO: Place at least one smoke detector on every level of your home. This is the bare minimum of coverage you can offer yourself, and using any fewer smoke detectors might prove to be a catastrophic mistake.

DON’T: Place smoke detectors too close to the kitchen. The fumes that are produced by cooking can cause smoke detectors to go off, which will only create an annoyance for you, and increase the likelihood that you or someone else will move to disable the detector. And a disabled detector can’t protect you and your family.

DO: Place smoke detectors in bedrooms. We’re vulnerable to just about anything when we’re sleeping, and this is especially true in the case of a fire. With smoke detectors in the bedrooms, you’ll be assured of being woken up in the event of an emergency.

DON’T: Tamper with your smoke detectors. You need these smoke detectors to save your life in the event of an emergency, and they can’t very well do that if you’ve been messing around with them. Let them do their jobs undisturbed.

DO: Test your smoke detectors regularly. Because it’s not often game time for your smoke detectors, they don’t get a lot of “use.” Test them periodically to ensure that they’ll work in the event that they’re needed.

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

Product Portrait: The Crossfire Alarm Smoke Detector

At Crossfire Alarms, we manufacture what could be simply described as the “smartphone” of smoke detectors. That’s because we’ve included a feature that truly makes our smoke detectors state of the art: wireless communication. You may not think that it’s important for a smoke detector to possess wireless communication capabilities, but you’d be wrong. This wireless communication allows all of your Crossfire Alarms smoke detectors to stay in touch with one another. Because of this, you’ll be assured that a danger in one part of your home will not go unnoticed in all of the other parts of your home. This gives you and your family valuable extra time in the event of an emergency, something that can mean the very difference between life and death.

That’s not all that makes our smoke detectors so advanced though, as they have many other features that are designed to exceed the mandates of every entity regulating the smoke detector industry. These devises have a twist-lock smoke chamber, which allows smoke to enter from all 360 degrees around the sensor. For this reason, our smoke detectors are incredibly sensitive. Also, these smoke detectors come in two different models: battery operated and AC/DC. With the battery-operated model, you’ll find that the battery is tamper resistant and has a life expectancy of 20 years or more. In the event that one of these alarms is triggered, it is something that you won’t be able to ignore. That’s because each alarm comes outfitted with at 100-db semiconductor-driven Piezo horn. It’s loud, just as it should be.

So, if you’ve been looking to protect yourself and your family from fire and smoke, then you cannot possibly do better than a smoke detector system that’s been manufactured by Crossfire Alarms. We believe in manufacturing our products to the highest possible standards, because we believe that your health and safety are paramount.

Product Portrait: The Crossfire Alarm Carbon Monoxide Detector

We fully understand the danger that carbon monoxide poses to every home in America and around the world. There’s a reason that many in the business refer to it as “the Silent Killer.” It’s tasteless and odorless, and it can be present at any moment without anyone around being the wiser. For this reason, it’s absolutely essential that every home have a working carbon monoxide detector. This is doubly true if that home has any appliances that rely on combustion to operate.

To meet the incredible demand for carbon monoxide detectors in the United States and throughout the world, we’ve manufactured a carbon monoxide detector that exceeds every possible industry standard. We couldn’t possibly be more proud of it.

One of its key features is its wireless communication, which allows it to interact with every other Crossfire Alarm present in your home, whether it’s another carbon monoxide detector or a smoke detector. For this reason, you’ll be quickly alerted to a danger in any part of your home, no matter where in your home you are. This gives you and your family valuable time when reacting to an emergency situation.

In addition to the above, our carbon monoxide detectors have been built with long-lasting batteries, which guarantee their consistent operation over a 20-year period. You’ll also find that our carbon monoxide detectors are loud! That’s because we’ve built them with 100-db semiconductor-driven Piezo horns – there’s simply no mistaking the racket they’ll make in the event of an emergency.

So, if a carbon monoxide detector does not currently protect you and your family, then please make today the day that you change that. Carbon monoxide kills people every year, and there’s simply no reason for it. Make the decision to get in touch with Crossfire Alarms and to order a state-of-the-art carbon monoxide detector.

How to Deal with a Fire in Your Kitchen

When it comes to the kitchen, we at Crossfire Alarms know that we can all sometimes be dummies. There’s a lot going on when you’re trying to make a delicious dinner, and sometimes one’s attention can slip. When this happens, a fire can break out. Now, this doesn’t happen very often, and, if you’re lucky, it will never happen. But, even so, because you may have never caused or had to deal with a kitchen fire before, we thought that we’d inform you of what to do just in case.

One important thing to remember about dealing with a fire in your kitchen is this: fires need oxygen to sustain themselves. If they can’t get oxygen, or if they use up all of the oxygen available to them, they’ll go out. So, if you’ve managed to start a fire in your microwave, stove, or even a pot or pan, simply deprive that fire of its source of oxygen. You can do this by putting a lid on a pot or pan, or, in the case of an oven or microwave, by simply closing the door. Also, remember to turn the appliance off and deny it of any additional heat.

Here’s another important thing to remember: You know what they say about oil and water, right? That they don’t mix? Well this is especially true in the case of a fire. Pouring water on a fire that contains burning oil or grease can have terrible consequences, and it can even cause the fire to spread to other areas of your kitchen. Instead, try smothering the fire with a lid or wet towel. Or, if you have a fire extinguisher that was built for this purpose, then use it!

Finally, don’t be a hero! If the fire is out of control and spreading, you’re putting yourself at risk by continuing to fight it. Get the authorities involved as soon as possible; only they have the tools necessary to fight the fire and keep it from spreading.


A Few General Recommendations About Smoke Detectors

Here at Crossfire Alarms, we manufacture smoke detectors and alarms that operate more effectively and efficiently than what every regulatory mechanism mandates. That’s because we believe that smoke detectors are lifesaving pieces of equipment that should work better than expected when they’re needed most. So, if you’re unsure of the status of the smoke detectors in your home or place of work, then we’d encourage you to strongly consider making the investment in our state-of-the-art smoke detectors and alarms. We believe that a smoke alarm and detection system manufactured by Crossfire Alarms could prove the difference between life and death in the event of a fire in your home or place of work.

As you might imagine, we get an awful lot of questions about smoke detectors and alarms, and we figured we’d take this opportunity to provide some general recommendations for their use within your home or place of work:

  • Always have at least one on every floor: This is the bare minimum you can do to protect yourself from being injured or losing your life in a fire. Make sure that you’re doing this at a minimum.
  • Preferably, have a smoke detector in every bedroom or place where people might fall asleep: You’re at your most vulnerable when you’re sleeping, and that’s when you need a smoke detector the most. If you sleep heavily, then a smoke detector down the hall might not wake you up!
  • Check your detectors regularly: Ours are designed to operate just as well on day one as they do during year 10. But, if you’re relying on older, out-dated smoke detectors, then make sure that you’re checking them regularly to ensure that they’re fully operational.
  • Don’t remove the batteries: If it’s time to replace them, then replace them. Don’t just take the batteries out because you’re sick of the warning signal. Better yet, purchase a Crossfire Alarm smoke detector; their internal batteries don’t need replacing – or you can opt for the hard-wired kind.