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Can a Humidifier Set Off a Smoke Alarm? (Reasons and Solutions)

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Smoke alarms are a vital piece of technology in our homes, helping keep us safe from the dangers of fire and providing an early warning system in case flames break out on the property. However, they’re not foolproof either, and it’s hugely important to remember that many things can cause a false alarm.

But is this the case with humidifiers? If this is something you’ve been wondering about, our friendly experts here at Smillon are on hand to help you learn more about whether a humidifier can set off a smoke alarm. And if so, what you might be able to do about it.

Can a Humidifier Set Off a Smoke Alarm?

Humidifiers don’t release smoke – but that’s not to say that they won’t accidentally trigger your smoke alarm to go off! While most normally functioning humidifiers won’t set off the fire alarm, there is always the possibility that these could cause a false alarm.

This is because fire alarms are exceptionally sensitive (they have to be to keep us all safe). Unfortunately, this can lead to the alarms going off when there’s not actually cause for concern. This is most common when the alarm picks up on the increasing humidity in the room.


Why Might My Humidifier Be Setting Off My Smoke Alarm?

There are numerous reasons as to why your humidifier might be setting off the smoke alarm. Of course, technically, a malfunctioning humidifier could release smoke, which may cause the fire alarm to go off.

However, even if your device is working normally, it could still trigger the smoke alarm. This will most often be because water molecules lingering in the air trigger the sensors in the alarm, thus making it go off even though there’s no smoke in the area.

Is There Anything I Can Do To Stop This?

If you have been having trouble with your humidifier setting off your fire alarm, you can do a few things.

However, we must first stress that you should never turn the fire alarm off because of false positives unless there is a safety reason to do so (e.g. the alarm is malfunctioning and is in the process of being replaced). This could put you at major risk if a genuine fire broke out. While this might feel tempting if the fire alarm keeps going off because of your humidifier, it’s too dangerous, and we strongly advise against this.

So, what else can you do? Well, first, make sure your humidifier isn’t actually releasing steam due to a fault. From there, you could try moving the humidifier further from the smoke alarm or checking that the room’s humidity levels aren’t getting too high. All of these could trigger the alarm to go off, so making a small change here may help stop the issues.

Final Thoughts

If you own a humidifier, you may have noticed that you occasionally get false alarms with your fire alarm. Of course, there are several reasons why this might be happening, but there’s always a chance that your humidifier could be the cause.

As such, if you have noticed this becoming a source of frustration on your own property, make sure you’ve considered today’s tips to help stop the fire alarm going off when you run your humidifier.

If you have further questions, please contact us at Jelly.Wang@smillon.com.

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