Stopping a Smoke Alarm When You Burn Food

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Introduction: Stopping a Smoke Alarm When You Burn Food

A quick easy and non destructive way of stopping a smoke alarm from beeeeeeeping when you burn food.

Step 1: Grab a Chair

Go get a chair so you can reach the smoke alarm

Step 2: Get a Plastic Grocery Bag, and Perhaps a Rubberband

Go find a plastic bag..and if you have one handy, a rubber band

Step 3: Wrap the Bag Around the Alarm

Wrap it so that it's pretty much air tight and tie off the bag so it's snug. If you got the rubberband, then stretch it around the bag and the alarm to secure it. The alarm will stop hassling you since the smoke can't reach the sensor. You can then continue to burn your food in peace.

Step 4: Remove Bag When Smoke Clears!

Be sure to remove the bag when the smoke clears. It will be dangling from the smoke alarm so it isn't easy to forget to do.

When adding the final step to this, I got a bit confused and clicked the "Done" button rather than "add step". So that's why this final but crucial step was missing.
Thanks for the comments and the heads up on this missing step!

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    your method definitely sounds better than mine. I stand under the smoke detector waving the broom around.

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    if i were to modify a smoke alarm, which is probably illegal, i would just get a switch and wire it, so i can disconnect the battery. if disconnected, the battery would power a bright blinking led, so i would not forget to switch it back on. but i guess a sock or a rubberglove will do for me. ;)

    You can then continue to burn your food in peace. thats funny

    awesome idea. make me wonder if temporarily covering a detector in such a way legally constitutes "tampering".

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    I think so. If you did this on an airplane bathroom so you could smoke, I'm sure they would be pretty angry.

    worse kidda alarms say "fire fire fire protect your children" or somthing like that! lol

    Thanks for the heads up guys! I agree, investing in a new smoke alarm is the better choice, but my house is old. The smoke alarm gets its power from the 120v wires from the ceiling!! So removing the battery isn't an option, there is no silence button on this old unit, and removing it is dangerous because there are live wires routed through the ceiling that connect to it to power it up! Oh yeah, well, my roomates are the ones burning the food! I came up with this idea when that damn thing was blaring and there was company over..it was unbearable. The idea just popped in my head under pressure and it worked great!

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    james i have a question

    what if the bag gets smoke in int as your putting it over the alarm will that mean it wont go silent until you move the bag

    because there is someone in my family who works nights and he sleeps in the day and when my bro burns food he wakes up

    answer asap please =)

    you put it on BEFORE you burn stuff,

    how do u know your gonna burn it

    you don't, but if whether or not you are or not, you can put it on to stop it from happening if you DO burn.

    i used to live in a hotel where i worked, and we just put a sock over the smokehead when we had a smoke... worked a treat... the air was blue smoke, and no fire brigade. (don't even need a rubber band)

    I've lived in smoking-accomodation where the fire-detectors were heat-activated. But anyway, an instructable on "how not to burn food" would be more useful. I might post one if it wouldn't seem so patronising.

    that is way easyer than putin the bag &rubber; band on

    Some people have their smoke detectors hardwired (*slowly* This means that taking out the battery, if there is one as a backup, will not stop the alarm).

    Try thinking for half a second before posting next time....

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    thats what i have when we got the house rewired they had to put it in by law or so they say (thinks they may hev scammed me)

    (*slowly* you're a friggen genius)

    Well then, do you suppose that I am wrong?

    heheh, no, I said your a genius, I'm praising you :) I forgot that that's what I had at home as a kid. I have a battery one now.