Taking a shower set off my smoke alarm

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Old 01-27-12, 09:27 AM
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Taking a shower set off my smoke alarm

I have a new Simon XT wireless system, with a GE TX-6010 smoke alarm. It is ceiling mounted, about 8 ft down a hallway from the bathroom.

This morning I was taking a shower, and I left the br door open. The alarm went off just as I had gotten completely soaped up. I jumped out of the shower, got my phone and called the SafeMart monitoring center. I got to them just as they were on the phone to the fire department.

This would have been a good one for America's Funniest Home Videos.

Has anyone else heard of moisture from a shower setting these things off? Nothing else was going on in the house, such as cooking, which would have set it off. It appears I may have just two choices: Stop taking showers, or move the detector.
 
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Old 01-27-12, 11:55 AM
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My old smoke detector used to do the same thing if the door was left open during a shower. I don't think the replacement detector has done it though. Simple fix - shut the door before you shower
 
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Old 01-27-12, 07:10 PM
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Yes, it's a not uncommon false trip. Steam, moisture condensation and smoke create the same functional effect as far as smoke sensing devices are concerned.

All it takes is just the right temperature and humidity combo.
 
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I live by myself, and I don't like a sauna in the bathroom when I shower, so the door stays open. Closing the door is not the solution.
 
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It's a wireless device. Put the monitoring account on test, and move the smoke to a better location.

This guide should help you find a better location:
http://www.systemsensor.com/pdf/A05-1003.pdf
 
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