How to Hush a Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarms are often triggered by non-threatening situations, including smoke produced by cooking.
Only silence smoke alarms if you know that the source of the smoke is non-threatening.Only silence smoke alarms if you know that the source of the smoke is non-threatening.
There are few things more irritating than a blaring smoke alarm. Luckily, smoke alarms are designed with this in mind and can usually be easily hushed.

Step 1

Check your smoke alarm for a “hush” or “silence” button. The hush button will only silence the alarm for approximately 10 minutes before the alarm starts up again, unless the source of smoke is removed in that time period.

Step 2

Wave a towel near the alarm to silence an alarm that doesn’t have a silencing button. This will cease the alarm only temporarily.

Step 3

Open doors and windows to ventilate the room with the smoke alarm. Fresh air will filter out the smoke that’s causing your alarm to go off.

Step 4

Call your local fire department for instructions on what to do if your smoke alarm continues to go off even after the room has been ventilated.

Things You Will Need

  • Towel

Warnings

  • Always check your home thoroughly before hushing a smoke alarm, even if you know the source of the smoke causing the alarm. If you are unsure why the alarm is going off even after a thorough check of your home, call your local fire department for instructions on what to do.
  • Some smoke alarms are programmed to “chirp” once every 15 minutes or so when they are on low battery. Never take out the battery without immediately replacing it. A smoke alarm without battery power will do you absolutely no good in detecting a fire.