Whenever you're tampering with a safety device, you want to tread lightly. If you want to keep your smoke alarm from going off when you're cooking or showering, there's a right and a wrong way to do it.
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."