Common Problems with Common Smoke Alarms

Every home has a smoke detector. More than just a commonplace wall decoration, smoke detectors of some form are required in most states at this point. However, few of us go beyond meeting minimum requirements, leaving gaps in the safety of our home that could lead to a devastating loss in the event of a fire.

Common smoke alarms often use ionization technology, which uses electrodes to detect when the smoke levels of a room reach a dangerous point. However, these have been proven to be ineffective in alerting people in time of a fire in the home. Here are a few other common problems people have with the common smoke detector.

It won’t stop beeping
Even when the batteries are replaced, a common smoke alarm still chooses to beep over and over, causing many homeowners a lot of annoyance. These alarms can beep either because the battery is low or from false alarms, such as kitchen mishaps. While it is good to know it is functioning when it goes off because you burnt the pasta, that still doesn’t mean it will be effective in saving your life when only seconds count.

They don’t always alert you in time.
In a study of fatal fires, results showed that common smoke alarms did not even go off roughly 25% of the time. When it comes to the safety of your family, is 75% enough of a guarantee that you will all make it out alive?

They don’t sense every fire
Smoldering fires are a kind that produce little smoke and often start small. However, these can grow in a matter of seconds. They may seem like they are barely burning, but smoldering fires can still produce harmful elements in the air, which a smoke alarm should be able to detect and warn you of. But because these fires burn slowly and for a long time, it takes a while for common ionization alarms to even sense there is danger. By that time, it might be too late for you or your family.

They can’t be in every room
Because they are known for giving off false alarms, many smoke detectors are not allowed in rooms such as kitchens, garages, attics, utility rooms and bathrooms. Since these rooms often house items and activities that can give off regular false alarms, it does make some sense that an ionization alarm would be a nuisance if placed in there. However, these are also the rooms in the home most likely to be the source of a fire. If a fire begins in your attic, but you don’t have a smoke alarm installed in there, how are you expected to know there is a present danger to your family. Not installing smoke alarms in these rooms leaves you and your family vulnerable.

There is no other option
This is wrong. There are dozens of manufacturers, including Crossfire Alarms, which believe your family’s safety is of the utmost importance. When it comes to accuracy, Crossfire Alarms have been proven to be the most accurate and fast-responding alarms on the market. Their interconnected system not only allows you to be alerted sooner of a dangerous event in any room of the home, but their three alarm options allow you to know that there isn’t a single room in the home where you are vulnerable.

Settling for the basic ionization smoke alarms may seem like the easiest option, however, it is far from the safest. Before you think your home is safe from a fire, look at your alarms and ask if saving some money is worth the risk.

Epic Fails That Lead To Epic Fires

We all do dumb things. This can range from something we can laugh off to ourselves being hurt. Adding fire to an already bad situation will only make things worse. The following items are things you should avoid doing if you value your home, hands, possessions, or body being not being on fire at the moment.

Cigarettes
We could give a hundred reasons why you shouldn’t smoke but we’ll only give you one right now. Smoking is a fire hazard. In fact, smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. If you were looking for another reason to quit, you found it.

Playing with flammable liquids
Lighting alcohol, gasoline, or any other flammable liquid on fire is something many people are guilty of. You can watch hundreds of youtube videos where someone pours a flammable liquid on something and lights it on fire. This almost always ends poorly. Either the person’s clothes catch on fire, the fire spreads, or they used way too much of the liquid and it explodes. It’s upsetting that we even have to say this but don’t play with flammable liquids.

Unattended cooking
You need to keep an eye on what you are cooking when you are in the kitchen. This is so what you are cooking doesn’t burst into flames and incase your potential meal does light on fire; you can act quickly to put it out. Obviously, if you aren’t around to see the fire start you wont be there to stop it.

Fireworks
Everyone loves a good firework display. However, just playing with fireworks is bad idea. You may think of them as just a pretty toy but you are wrong. Fireworks are dangerous explosives. The firework displays you see at amusement parks or on the Fourth of July are all planned and have various safety measures in place. They would never launch them at a person or thing because they understand how dangerous they are.