"My Smoke Detector Goes Off After I Shower": Steps To Avoid

BY KRISTA BRUTON

August 20,2020

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When your smoke detector goes off while you’re trying to relax under a steady stream of hot water, it can be a frightening jolt to the system. Having an alarm going off while you’re in the shower is not relaxing.  Smoke detectors are sometimes so sensitive that they’re set off by practically anything — including the steam that’s coming from the bathroom. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your smoke detector doesn’t interrupt your bathing ritual.  

What’s Going On? 

It doesn’t take a chemistry major to know that  steam isn’t smoke, so it may be perplexing to the average homeowner why this is happening to them at all. But thick humidity has a few characteristics that are similar to smoke, which means that it’s probably a more common occurrence than you realize. While a smoke detector is ideally meant to detect only combustible sources, it may be duped by the presence of thick air that’s clouding the detection chambers. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to give the detector a lesson about why humidity isn’t going to kill you and the rest of your family. 

Move Your Smoke Detectors 

This is usually the first step you can take to prevent an overly cautious smoke alarm. It prevents the humidity from reaching the detector,  and you can continue to enjoy your shower in peace and quiet. While it’s possible that a fire may be started in the bathroom (from, say, a faulty electrical outlet or a powerful hair dryer), fires are much more likely to be  started in kitchens  or other areas that store major appliances. Install smoke detectors in bedrooms, family rooms, and utility rooms so you’re still getting protection without risking the chance of the alarm going off every time you want to shower. 

Replace Your Alarms 

Older alarms have a tendency to become more sensitive as they age. Unlike your standard teenager who will eventually mellow out with age, smoke detectors take the opposite route and start becoming  more  melodramatic as they age. So if your alarms have never had a problem with humidity before but now seem to need constant attention, it’s probably time to replace them. Like most products on the market, detectors were never meant to last forever. Most experts will recommend having any smoke detector replaced that’s more than 10-years-old — even if they happen to be functioning perfectly. 

Your smoke detectors should be a major part of your  home security. While break-ins and vandalism may be scarier situations to you than a sensitive smoke detector, odds are that the smoke detector will be more important when it comes to your general safety and wellbeing. Make sure you have a fire escape plan in place — no matter what room you happen to be in when the detector goes off. If you have any questions about how to get a better home security system for everyone in the family, call Brinks Home Security™ today to get a free quote! 

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection. 

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"My Smoke Detector Goes Off After I Shower": Steps To Avoid

BY KRISTA BRUTON

August 20,2020

When your smoke detector goes off while you’re trying to relax under a steady stream of hot water, it can be a frightening jolt to the system. Having an alarm going off while you’re in the shower is not relaxing.  Smoke detectors are sometimes so sensitive that they’re set off by practically anything — including the steam that’s coming from the bathroom. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your smoke detector doesn’t interrupt your bathing ritual.  

What’s Going On? 

It doesn’t take a chemistry major to know that  steam isn’t smoke, so it may be perplexing to the average homeowner why this is happening to them at all. But thick humidity has a few characteristics that are similar to smoke, which means that it’s probably a more common occurrence than you realize. While a smoke detector is ideally meant to detect only combustible sources, it may be duped by the presence of thick air that’s clouding the detection chambers. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to give the detector a lesson about why humidity isn’t going to kill you and the rest of your family. 

Move Your Smoke Detectors 

This is usually the first step you can take to prevent an overly cautious smoke alarm. It prevents the humidity from reaching the detector,  and you can continue to enjoy your shower in peace and quiet. While it’s possible that a fire may be started in the bathroom (from, say, a faulty electrical outlet or a powerful hair dryer), fires are much more likely to be  started in kitchens  or other areas that store major appliances. Install smoke detectors in bedrooms, family rooms, and utility rooms so you’re still getting protection without risking the chance of the alarm going off every time you want to shower. 

Replace Your Alarms 

Older alarms have a tendency to become more sensitive as they age. Unlike your standard teenager who will eventually mellow out with age, smoke detectors take the opposite route and start becoming  more  melodramatic as they age. So if your alarms have never had a problem with humidity before but now seem to need constant attention, it’s probably time to replace them. Like most products on the market, detectors were never meant to last forever. Most experts will recommend having any smoke detector replaced that’s more than 10-years-old — even if they happen to be functioning perfectly. 

Your smoke detectors should be a major part of your  home security. While break-ins and vandalism may be scarier situations to you than a sensitive smoke detector, odds are that the smoke detector will be more important when it comes to your general safety and wellbeing. Make sure you have a fire escape plan in place — no matter what room you happen to be in when the detector goes off. If you have any questions about how to get a better home security system for everyone in the family, call Brinks Home Security™ today to get a free quote! 

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection. 

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