How do I stop my fire alarm from going off when I cook?

  • My fire alarm always goes off when I cook, even when the food is not burning. Because of this, I have never been able to keep batteries in my fire alarms. How can I stop this from happening?

    Where are your fire alarms? If they are too close to your kitchen, you may want to consider moving them to another room.

    If there actually is smoke (I find even the tiniest amount sets mine off, similar situation), try running a fan under your alarm while cooking that blows smoke back towards the kitchen. It's the only thing that keeps mine from going off when I make steak.

    This happens to me every time I burn my grilled cheese, which is unfortunately every time I make grilled cheese. My hearing is not that great anymore, but even I can't ignore the smoke alarm.

  • hobodave

    hobodave Correct answer

    10 years ago

    Many modern smoke/fire detectors have the ability to temporarily disable or decrease the sensitivity of the alarm for a short period of time, usually 15 or 20 minutes. At the end of the time period it returns to full sensitivity.

    You may want to look into replacing your smoke detector with one of these.

    Definitely, getting a smoke alarm with a silencer is the answer here. Everything else is just guessing.

    I would like to add that this answer is probably the safest. Although I am unable to replace or remove the alarms that my apartment complex has provided, I am going to purchase one of these anyways and keep it near my bedroom. The main problem I'm worried about now is that I might forget to press the button or the time might not be long enough, and the alarm will go off. I'm not sure if you can stop it once its on, which is why I had to remove the batteries from the ones I have.

    @Naomi: With this style of smoke detector you typically can stop it once its on, again only for a short period of time.

    I've never heard of this feature. Very cool.

    @NaomiCampbell Or get one with a "hush button". It stops the alarm going off for the next 10 mins (either press it before cooking, or when the alarm goes off), without the safety concerns that come from removing the batteries.

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