Why does a smoke alarm go off from steam?

Answer Mostly great answers so far.Little history on smoke alarms: They used to contain a tiny amount of Americum (nuclear material pronounced "AM - MER - REE - CEE - UM") that would ionize smoke particl... Read More »

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How much smoke does it take to set off an alarm?

There are two different types of smoke alarms: ionisation and optical. Ionisation alarms are very sensitive to smoke produced by flaming fires such as chip pans and other fires that may start aroun... Read More »

Why does my smoke alarm keep going off:?

If your smoke alarm is older than about 5 years, then smoke particles could be stuck in the sensors, making it go off when ever you put a battery in there. I would recommend taking a compressed air... Read More »

How to Take the Cover Off of a Smoke Alarm?

Smoke alarms are potentially life-saving devices that emit a high-pitch noise to warn people of fires within the home or building. To keep a smoke alarm in working condition, replacing the battery ... Read More »

How to Disconnect a Smoke Alarm?

Hard-wired smoke alarms offer security over battery-operated alarms because there is no chance of the battery draining and the device not working at a time of need. In some cases, however, it is ne... Read More »