Nuisance Alarms: What to Know

Most people have experienced the shriek of a smoke alarm while cooking a meal or stepping out of a steamy shower, when there is no hazard present. The instant reaction is to find a way to silence the alarm. Unfortunately, some people may even pull down the alarm or take out the battery to make the piercing sound stop. To avoid the problem in the future, many choose not to reinstall the smoke alarms, creating a potentially deadly situation.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nuisance alarms, or “false” alarms, are the leading cause for intentionally disabled smoke alarms in America. Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

  • A nuisance alarm is an alarm that is triggered by non-hazardous sources such as everyday cooking smoke and steamy showers. The alarm activation is inconvenient and annoying.
  • Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half (NFPA).