There’s been a huge concern lately about the logistics of smoking, vaping and fire alarms. Since the smoking ban that famously banned indoor smoking in July 2007 people have been trying various ways to consume nicotine indoors. Part of this shift in the late 2000s meant that smoke alarms have kept the public in check as smoke alarms have been vehemently alerting against smoke; keeping buildings safe and protecting civilian lives.  Despite this, everyone with a draw towards nicotine has always wanted to enjoy the comfort of shelter while they consume nicotine. This leads us to this question which seems to be more popular than ever; can vaping set off a smoke alarm?

The short answer to this question is yes. The vapour produced from your device can set off smoke alarms in the same way that smoke does; it detects small particles in the air using a couple of different kinds of technologies. Once they detect those particles above a certain threshold, they signal the alarm to sound so that you and your family can get to safety and call 999.

What does it depend on?

Any modern smoke alarm can be alerted through several factors. These can include but are not limited to the vapour’s intensity, the smoke detector’s proximity, and the type of smoke detector used.

Some new vapour alarms are being fitted in schools, offices and residential buildings to more aptly detect when people are vaping in toilets, and pretty much anywhere you can enter a confined spaces. These alarms will detect second-hand smoke as well. Vaping in public spaces is legal, but when you find yourself on private/government property, it’s highly recommended that you do not vape. This can not only trigger a fire drill but may even waste emergency resources if fire brigades or police are called to the location. Vaping in hotel rooms is the same deal; in extreme cases, this can cause a full evacuation and will likely cause you & your party to be kicked out. You may also be heavily fined.

Some people try to circumvent hotel alarms by putting a bin liner over the alarm, or putting something at the seam of the door; this will not work, and we do not recommend you try to ever tamper with this equipment. Taking out the batteries will also do nothing because modern smoke alarms are linked to the main power line, and will continue to work. There are no false alarms when it comes to smoke detection, secondhand smoke, and anywhere you find a smoking sign.

What’s important to remember?

Vape devices, whether we’re talking about vape pens, sub-ohm kits or disposables vapes are not toys, and should not be treated as such.

Anything with a lithium battery should be carefully used at all times.

It’s a reasonable desire to want to vape in private places in the same fashion you vape at home, or out in public spaces. However, for the sake of public health and safety, vapers should always follow the law. Keeping things smoke free when you’re working in a confined space will not only follow smoke free legislation, but will help ensure that any impressionable people never have to see vape kits, pod kits, pen kits or even pen style vapes kit get used illegally in places they need to grow as people!