Why do I get false alarms?
A smoke detector false alarm can be initiated by small dirt particles, smoke from cooking, placement too close to fluorescent lighting fixtures, and dust or temperature extremes. These may be present in garages, kitchens and attics. Fresh paint fumes can get heavy enough to cause a false alarm, so air out freshly painted rooms. Steam from bathrooms can also cause a false alarm.

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1. Why do I need smoke detectors?
2. How many smoke detectors do I need or are required?
3. How do I choose a detector?
4. Why do I get false alarms?
5. Where do I install smoke detectors?
6. How do I test the smoke detector?
7. When do I replace the smoke detector battery?
8. When do I replace the smoke detector?
9. Do I clean my smoke detector?
10. What do I do when the detector alarms?