There was a recent incident where the pilot had to land the plane when smoke detectors were activated when a passenger used e-cigarettes in the plane. He used it in the plane toilet which resulted in the incident. Within no time, fire alarms went off. So everyone has this doubt whether e-cigarettes can alarm smoke detectors. Well, you will come across who claim that e-cigs will not set off alarms in smoke detectors. What is the truth? We are going to find that out soon.
In order to find out if smoke detectors are swayed by e-cigarettes we can blow right into the smoke detectors. This has been a good experiment, we must add. In our experience it never happened as long as we did not directly blow vapor into the smoke detector. Yes, the alarms can go off if you blow directly into the device. As per our studies, the smoke detector is a sophisticated device which is capable of detecting false alarms. So in an ideal scenario this should not happen at all. So smoking e-cigarettes in the room is not going to set off the alarms just like that.
Using e-cigarettes indoors
The fact remains that using e-cigarettes indoors may lead to smoke detectors setting off alarms. What we are trying to convey is that there is a slight chance for this to happen. Or in other words, we are not ruling out the possibility of something like this happening. You should not use it inside the airplanes as it is not recommended at all. Probably you will end up in jail. And creating large clouds is not recommended at all if there is smoke detector in the vicinity. We would recommend keep it hidden somewhere in the bag while you are in the plane so that you will find it hard to fetch it.
Vulnerable fire alarms
Let’s have a look at the list of vulnerable fire alarms below. Some fire alarms are more vulnerable than others.
- Ionisation – It can detect the small smoke particles. This is a more sensitive model. It consists of 2 radioactive plates which are electrically charged. An alarm will set off as soon as smoke particles enter the device. This will cause a disruption of electricity between the plates causing the alarms to set off.
- Optical alarms – Here it uses infrared light to detect smoke particles. When the infrared light comes in contact with the smoke particle, the infrared light will fall on a light detector which will result in setting off the alarms.
- Heat alarms – We use heat alarms in the kitchens. You don’t have to worry here as smoke will not set off alarms. It is designed to respond to only smoke particles.
As per our research, optical alarms are more vulnerable to e-cigarette vapor. Ionisation alarms are also vulnerable. You don’t have to worry about heat alarms as they will do little damage. You need to be little careful while using it inside planes and offices as it can set off fire alarms.