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.