Lifehacker and StackExchange have each taken on the topic of false smoke alarms recently, but there's a bevy of advice all over the web—some good, some bad and some very dangerous. What NOT to do: • Pull it off the ceiling or take out the batteries. You'll forget to set it back up again (admit it!). How you should handle it: • Hit the mute button. Google your smoke detector's make and model to find out if your alarm is equipped with a mute button. Many models have features that will disable the alarm for a short set period of time, usually around 15 minutes. The long-term solution: Switch to a photoelectric smoke detector. These devices detect smoke in a different way, which reduces instances of cooking or shower steam "false alarms."
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