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.