Humidity activates smoke detectors

THE high humidity in Ipswich had an unexpected spin-off yesterday with numerous smoke detectors being set off.

Ipswich fire station acting station officer Lee Webber said the rain and saturated air combined to confuse the devices.

“We’ve had numerous call-outs today; in fact we’ve been run off our feet,” Mr Webber said.

“We’ve had domestic smoke alarms all morning and all the other stations across Ipswich have been similar. There’s been half a dozen here, a few in Bundamba and all around the place. In six years I haven’t experienced as many. It was unusual but it’s pretty freaky weather. There’s extremely high humidity. Steam from showers and cooking fumes can set them off as well.”

He said many people had ionisation smoke detectors which emitted a beam of charged particles.

“The fire service recommends the photo-electric ones that are activated by smoke particles,” he said. “The others are fine but the photo-electric ones are less likely to register false alarms.”



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