It doesn't matter how much of a kitchen whiz you are, there are certain dishes you can't cook without creating a little smoke. If your smoke alarm likes to go off when you're in the middle of cooking, here's a clever way to keep it from beeping without removing its batteries completely.
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After setting my alarm off for what seemed like the billionth time last night, I went searching for solutions online. The one I found is clever, and it doesn't involve a lot of work. From commenter Farmersdaughter over at The Kitchn:
My smoke alarm is so sensitive that even with all the windows open and my Vent-a-Hood going full blast it still gets smoky when I sear meats. So, I put a shower cap or a piece of plastic wrap secured by a rubber band over the smoke alarm while cooking, and remove it immediately afterwards.
This doesn't require you to open up the detector and take out the batteries or anything like that. Just slap the shower cap on, do your cooking, and take it off when you're done. The other thing that's really great about this is that you probably won't forget to take it off, because every time you walk by it you'll see that shower cap hanging from the ceiling (a brightly coloured cap would be ideal here). That way, you never leave yourself vulnerable to a disabled smoke detector during a real fire.
What Is the Best Way To: Keep the Smoke Alarms Off? [The Kitchn]