When you’re putting the finishing touches on your family’s dinner, the last thing you want to contend with is the smoke alarm sounding needlessly. There are a few things you can do to prevent the smoke alarm from going off while you cook, and there are a few things you can do if it does go off anyway.

To prevent the smoke alarm from going off while you’re cooking, you should:

  • Make sure the hood above your range is running. This will vent away gasses that might cause the smoke detector to go off.
  • Keep a window open while you cook. This will keep a fresh supply of oxygen coming in, and this will also dissipate any smoke that might be coming from your stove.
  • Be mindful of what you’re doing and cook at appropriate temperatures. You certainly don’t want to burn your food, and you certainly don’t want it to catch fire either!

In the event that you do trigger your smoke detector while cooking, here are some things you should and shouldn’t do.

  • If you’ve not already opened a window, do so now. The outside air will help dissipate the vapors that are setting the detector off.
  • Take a towel and beat it near the smoke detector. Doing so well help knock away smoke and fumes that are causing it to go off.
  • As long as you’re sure there’s no other danger, hit the silence button to turn off the alarm.
  • DO NOT unplug the detector or remove its battery! All of the noise may be an inconvenience right now, but, if something goes wrong, your life could depend on that smoke detector functioning correctly.

By following these rules, you and your smoke detector should get along famously. However, if your current detector is more trouble than it’s worth, consider switching to one made by Crossfire. Ours are made with the consumer in mind, and provide excellence in smoke detection with our state-of-the-art technology.