Smoke alarm

joe_mnNovember 21, 2011

Folks have home monitoring service. Have smoke alarm in kitchen. Stove has range hood but it is not externally vented. Alarm is 8ft from stove. It will trigger alarm if I cook food on single elec burner. I made some eggs. Took 5 min or less total. And alarm sounded. Alarm co calls on phone. Argh. Is alarm too sensitive? Can it be cleaned? Replaced? I cannot imagine temp rise at ceiling location is so high that alarm sounds? What is our option here?

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sierraeast

Think I'd take a look at getting the range hood hooked up.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 1:21PM
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gammyt

Call the alarm company, explain this to them and have them come move their alarm. 8 feet from a stove is just dumb installation

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 1:27PM
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sdello

I would ask your monitoring company what they suggest as far as placement.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 1:27PM
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sierraeast

8' being too close depends on the layout of the area. A non working range hood will put out and trip alarms what you can't see by eye. A sensitive alarm is ok in my book but not so sensitive that it irratates you and the monitoring outfit for cooking fumes. Good advise to contact both the alarm co as well as your monitoring outfit so they can see your layout in person.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2011 at 1:49PM
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renovator8

A smoke alarm should not be located in the kitchen.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 2:23PM
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joe_mn

House is smallish 1-1/2 story. 30x30ft. Open stairwell to basement is between kitchen/dining room. Alarm is at top of stairs at ceiling. Thought is it will sniff smoke from basement and kitchen obviously. Put it in dining room?

    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 2:26PM
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renovator8

Perhaps put a detector on the basement ceiling at the bottom of the stairway and one in the dining room.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2011 at 6:06AM
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