Fire! Fire! Fire!
November 20, 2017 10:02pm CST
I am home and decided to clean my oven (self-cleaning), so I turned it on, just as it is designed to do. A half hour later, my smoke alarms--one in the hallway downstairs, and one in upstairs in the landing, nearly directly above the lower--both went off with its screeching sound. It is accompanied by a woman's voice shrieking, "Fire! Fire! Fire!" My oven is not extremely dirty, but I wanted to clean it before doing any cooking on Thursday. In fact, there were only a couple of spots that I did not want to use chemicals to clean it. Instead, I had to discontinue the process. I also opened my front and back doors, turned on all the exhaust fans in the bathrooms and oven hood, and fanned furiously at the lower alarm to try to disperse whatever "smoke" there seems to have been. I remember when I lived in an apartment, and every time I would try to roast something or cook bacon on the stove, it would set off the smoke alarms. I do not understand why a high-heat self-cleaning oven will set off these types of alarms. It does not seem quite the way things should work. Have you ever had this happen when you are cooking or using the oven?
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That's a pain. I have had that happen before. But I couldn't get it to stop going off so after ten minutes of it I beat the thing off the celing. I rent, but they put a new smoke alarm in anyway. That stupid thing apparently malfunctioned on the previous tenant too. I'm glad it was a false alarm you!
• United States
I had smoke alarms that were so sensitive that when using the toaster it would set them off! Sometimes they would go off in the middle of the night. Humidity and dust can cause them to go off too. Not fun to wake from a sound sleep to hear that! We disconnected them because they were hardwired and that was the only way to stop them. We did purchase battery operated ones and they did the trick. I have never used the self-cleaning feature on my oven. I would rather use elbow grease and a SOS pad.