We have a couple of battery powered smoke alarms in our multi-story
house. One is on the second floor, where the bedrooms are, in the
hallway near the stairs. When my wife is cooking some things or baking,
the fumes go up the stairway and set off the alarm. These fumes are
barely noticeable, but the alarm is so sensitive that it reacts to them.
We have to get a stool and remove the battery, then remember to put it
back in when the cooking is done (I leave the battery on the stool right
in the center of the hall, so if we forget, we trip over the stool and
I like the location of the alarm, since it protects all the bedrooms.
But I'm not happy having to remove the battery so often, and when you
start getting old, it is harder to even get up on the stool.
I am looking for a solution.
I don't think getting a less sensitive alarm (if there is such a thing)
is the solution, because I want a sensitive alarm if we ever have a fire.
I thought of putting in a wired alarm with a switch, but it would be too
easy to forget to turn it back on.
I thought an alarm that had a timer so it could be turned off for an
hour or two when cooking, and would then come back on, would work, but I
haven't seen something like that anywhere.