Do you trust your smoke alarm/smoke detector?

@momto2 (472)
United States
December 10, 2006 9:47pm CST
I bought 5 new smoke alarms/detectors from a Big Lots where I live. They didn't seem right from the beginning. (I bought them 6 months ago) For the past 3 nights the one has been going off outside my bedroom. It seems as though it goes off when the heat turns on (hot water radiators), and it also goes off when I'm baking something in the oven. The batteries are brand new. I'm worried that these false alarms will give me a sense of ignoring them while I'm sleeping. This could be a REAL problem if there really is a fire. Do you trust your smoke detector, and have you ever had any problems with them?
57 responses
• United States
11 Dec 06
In our old house we had one that went off every time I cooked in the oven. That was the dinner bell!! In our new house ours are all hard wired. When one goes off they all go off.
• United States
11 Dec 06
yea its like that in my house too, thats soo annoying when they go off when your cooking. when ever that happens me or my brother would have to go fan the alarm with a towel lol
@momto2 (472)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I have found too, that when they go off for cooking smells, etc. The batteries don't seem to last as long.
@coolcatzz (1589)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
I do because I'm a renter and they come in once and year and check them and change batteries if necessary. The one thing I wonder about is my carbon menoxide detector. WE bought this years ago and it plugs into an outlet. The light is on but who knows really if it even works. No way to test that out.
@taruha (560)
• United States
11 Dec 06
though i have not carried out the real testing of the smoke detectors, at times when the smoke is created due to cooking smoke or somethimg,alarms goes off and then stops once the cooking smoke is cleared.however,if you want to test them, how to test/how to create artificial smoke?
@momto2 (472)
• United States
12 Dec 06
During Halloween we have a "fog machine". A friend of mine set it off a LOT and it created a billow of white cloudy smoke (harmless) and the one smoke alarm went off. I guess it depends though on what kind of smoke alarm you have.
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
no. as always, anything that is made by even the highest technologies is meant not to be perfect. Nothing human-made structure is vulnerable to failure (0% error-free). i saw some scenarios just like what you have... and yes, the smoke detector didn't work... having a brand new batteries isn't a guarantee too. you see, batteries have expirations...anything can prescribe...especially if you are talking bout dry cells stored inside those sealed energy canisters... maybe, the alarms/detectors you bought were stocked for a long time in that store. if there's a doubt at first, don't ignore it, before it's too late, act!!
• India
11 Dec 06
no need to trust.coz i am a teetotaller
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
11 Dec 06
WHAT!
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
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sometimes when i'm sitting in an office for example and i saw a smoke detector, i wanted to try it out and see if it works, but then you know i cant.. eheheh...
@momto2 (472)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I totally know what you mean. It's so tempting when you're supposed to be doing other things.
• United States
12 Dec 06
We have 7 or 8 smoke detectors and I trust them. We have them above each room's door and 1 in our bedroom. We have never had a problem in this house but our previous house had pre-wired smoke detectors and they were always going off for no reason. We changed the batteries and that didn't help so we ended up disconnecting them and just buying some regular ones
@rherdey (966)
• United States
12 Dec 06
You might want to check the battery in the dectetor. Some times the battery will go low and the dectector will go off randomly because of the weak battery. Also if it is too close to heat will go off. But check out and see why it might be doing that. Using a hair dryer is a good way to check them out or a burning candle that gives enought small heat to find out how far away you need to keep the heat.
@nishanity (1652)
• India
12 Dec 06
i never had one
@cNotable (894)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Yes I do trust them. They go off all the time, so I know they work, just not correctly. I guess I will just hope they go off when I really need to know.
@metal333 (251)
• India
11 Dec 06
i had a smoke dectector once...but threw it away when it got too old...i didnt have much problem with it...it worked just fine ..it rings at the right moment when it has to...i think u place these detectors at the wrong places...try placing them near the places where it is likely to get detected...there maybe some detectors that are spoiled or damaged ...these wont work...i think u need to buy some good ones from some well known companies
• France
11 Dec 06
I don't really trust them, although they are there to alert you about a fire but I think they go off to late.
• India
11 Dec 06
i didnt know about that since i dont own one..... good for letting others know.... atleast those who plan to own one can have a second thought....
@smacksman (6074)
11 Dec 06
Absolutly useless things. They go off with steam from the kettle or the bath or a ciggarette. Cry wolf!! The house insurance insisted on them being fitted. If the house does burn down I really must remember to go round and put the batteries back in!!
@fintzu (56)
• United States
11 Dec 06
i cook a lot, and they are too sensitive - they keep going off for nothing. Sure, I am happy they are wanting to warn me of danger, but still, I could really use ones that only warn me about serious things, not some steam from cooking...
• Ireland
11 Dec 06
I have one in my hallway next to the kitchen. When I have overnight guests I tend to use the oven grill for much longer than usual with the extra breakfasts to cook. Halfway through the cooking all the smoke detectors go off and these in turn set off our bruglar alarm. Nobody could sleep through the racket they create and we have to switch them off manually. They are ok as long as I keep the kitchen door closed but I always leave it open at night.
• Spain
11 Dec 06
I don't have one but i saw them working and they do good their job.
@effy8000 (63)
• Israel
11 Dec 06
i really am,one time it saves our house from a big fire and a whole lot of insurance claim
@donglory (677)
• Ghana
11 Dec 06
yes i do
@noob123 (129)
• Canada
11 Dec 06
not in the world i dont.