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.