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#214754 26-May-2017 16:04
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Hi all,

I just moved to a new property (rented) , and the smoke alarm is annoying.

Its a unit and does not have a exhaust/ but i do open the window while cooking.

Its very rare case that we cook at our house but is it ok if i turn it off / disable the alarm while i am cooking ?

it has been buzzed twice in 2 days. turned it off as soon as it started buzzing.

Boiling milk in a container triggered it.

My other question is - is it connected to someone ? maybe fire department or something ?

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  #1788826 26-May-2017 16:11
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Sounds like, you need to discuss this with your Agent / Landlord?


Certainly disabling or otherwise fiddling with a smoke alarm in a property you are renting is a big no-no.





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  #1790414 27-May-2017 23:17

Going to be alot more of this now that smoke alarms are compulsory in rental properties. Friend who is in a housing NZ property. It has an open plan lounge / kitchen / dining room. HNZ put the smoke alarm into the lounge despite it being in the same air space as the kitchen. They were having lots of problems with it producing false alarms. The installation instructions for it say it should not be installed in a kitchen. They also say it has a "feature" that if the alarm detects rapid temperature changes, it goes into an increased sensitivity mode. In reality it means that if you turn a heater on - alarm goes off. When the sun come up - alarm goes off. When the sun goes down - alarm goes off. Basicly anything that causes a change in air temp sets off the alarm. Alarm is a Fire Angel brand one which is for the UK market. Except most UK homes have central heating therefore stable indoor air temps. How many HNZ homes have central heating - none. HNZ Tenants wouldn't be able to afford to run central heating anyway. No wonder so many HNZ tenants remove or disable the smoke alarms.




Serve a 14 day notice on the landlord to repair / replace the smoke alarms. Assuming it is a photoelectric one, it should only trigger if there is quite a bit of visible smoke. Just boiling things in the kitchen shouldn't trigger it. If it is an ionisation type smoke alarm again serve a notice to have it replaced as ionisation ones are non compliant. (ionisation ones have the nuclear radiation symbol printed on them).

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