How is this possible

@TerryZ (22146)
United States
November 21, 2007 10:07am CST
I was taking a shower and the smoke alarm went off. Thank goodness it went off when I was just stepping out.LOL I thought they only went off if you have smoke. This was only steam.LOL I told you I was taking a hot shower.LOLhehehe Okay maybe just alittle bit too hot. But this also happened the other day when my hubby was taking a shower. So how is this possible?
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
21 Nov 07
A smoke detector will go odd due to the steam of a hot shower if it's set too sensitive. I have that happen a lot as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~ GOBBLE !!~ GOBBLE !!~ GOBBLE !!~
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Gobble Gobble Gobble back to you! Where are you having your turkey tommorrow?
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Oh never mind now I remember at your daughters house.LOL
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Yup. Driving 15 miles to pick up our son. Then back home to get dad and Debbie then 45 miles to our daughters. I really need this relief right now also. Sigh! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
22 Nov 07
I end up setting off at least one of the smoke detectors in my apartment a week just from taking a hot shower. It is because of the heat from the steam. We used to have the same problem in the kitchen when we were boiling water.
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
22 Nov 07
I didnt know they were that sensitive!LOL
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
22 Nov 07
Neither did we. We learned real fast that they are though ans what a difference moving the detector to the other side of the door way can make.
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• United States
22 Nov 07
There are two types of smoke detectors...one is Ionization and the other Photoelectric. Both do different jobs, but either can be set off from hot steam. The photoelectric one has a little beam of light inside. The alarm can go off because the beam was blocked, therefore it thought it was smoke. I believe, but not positive, that the Ionization one is a little less sensitive, but this is why they tell you do not put smoke detectors to near the kitchen, bathroom or in a garage. It might help if you move it a tiny bit away from the bathroom if it bothers you....this way it won't go off as much. Have a Happy Turkey day Terry!
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
22 Nov 07
You have a happy Turkey Day too!
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• United States
22 Nov 07
Aww Terry, you are too good to me!..Thank you again for Best Response on Happy Turkey Day!..xxxooo
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@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
i think the smoke detector is very sensitive... it can detect even the slightest smoke or particles from the air and set the alarm off... it happens to me as well... there is really nothing happen and you don't have to worry too much about it... just make sure that you check your alarm and the batteries and make sure it is alright... take care and God Bless you...
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
22 Nov 07
Right thats what I thought. thanks for sharing with me.
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@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
22 Nov 07
Mine does that all the time. I even put new bateries in it, it still does it. Try to find a new spot for the smoke detecter, hopefully tha helps. At least you know it works.
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
22 Nov 07
Yea thanks Ill give that a shot.
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@estherlou (5026)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Hmmm...interesting. Perhaps yours is fancy enough to register heat also. That actually would be a good thing...it would alert you before the fire started. On the other hand...after every shower? that would get aggravating! LOL I don't think we have one that works anymore. Ours went off one time when the battery got low or something. I was in the house by myself and couldn't reach the darn thing. Before I went deaf I finally beat it off the wall with a broom handle. I can't remember if we replaced it or not! LOL I guess I need to check that out.
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Well I had to keep shutting it off manually till finally it stopped. Yes what a pain in the ?ss.LOL
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
21 Nov 07
i would check the batteries in this smoke alarm because sometimes they will just go off for no reason and you think something bad is happening and start to panic.the steam probaply has nothing to do with it so you are safe hon.love pattie
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Okay I will check the batteries. thanks Hugs!
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov 07
Trust you to set the Fire Alarm of with the shower lol yes it is possible it just means that your Smoke Alarm is sensitive like mine lol it goes of every time I cook
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
24 Nov 07
I guess it hasnt done it since that day!LOL
• United States
23 Nov 07
Dayum Terry!! How can you stand such a hot shower? hehe I like my showers really hot too, but they dont send the smoke alarm off. Maybe there is a short in it or something? Change the batteries lately? Ours went off not long ago while I was sleeping! Ugh talk about freaking out. Then it just stopped and the darn thing beeped over and over again. It was driving me crazy. I couldnt reach it, and no ladder to stand on. I took the broom and knocked it off the ceiling til hubby got home and changed the battery in it. LOL Bay Lay Gray xx
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
23 Nov 07
heheheh It hasnt done it anymore! Yea I got to get the old man to check it out!lOL I would have been freaking too if that dam thing would have gone off while I was sleeping. Hot showers are the best.LOL
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• Canada
21 Nov 07
I agree with Oreo's answer. We had a smoke detector that used to go off after we would open the door after a shower, get out of the shower, or shower with the door open. It was quite the pain in the butt. I called the Landlord and he told me that it was that both smoke and steam are hot and the smoke detector can't tell the difference. He is a Fire Fighter, and told us just to take the batteries out when we go to have a shower to avoid more annoying beeping. Luv & Hugzz, PurpleTeddyBear.
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Hi Purple thats what I will do thanks. Hugs
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
23 Nov 07
It might have had set the alarm at too sensitive a level. We had one in our house back in Saskatoon, and it was a wired in one, not the battery one and every time I made supper, it went off. (say why all the LOLS?) I would have it looked at, to see if there is a way to adjust it so it only goes off there is the danger of a real fire. I would hate to have you start to cook supper and have to run over and wave a towel under it to stop it from going off or to remove the batteries and then have a real fire.