How to Cover Up a Smoke Detector

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Things You'll Need

  • Aluminum foil

  • Large rubber band

  • Plastic grocery bag

  • Painter's tape

  • Duct tape


Set a fan in front of the smoke detector when you are cooking so that the oven smoke blows past it instead of into it.

You can also remove the batteries from the smoke detector before you begin to cook and replace them when you are finished.


Don't forget to remove the smoke detector cover when you are finished cooking. Otherwise, you will not receive warning if there is a real fire in the house.

Smoke Detector

Smoke detectors are designed to warn individuals that something is on fire. These have proven to be life-saving devices. There are times, however, when the smoke detector goes off when you don't want it to. If your oven is particularly smoky, it can set the smoke detector off every time you cook. To stop it from going off, you will need to cover the smoke detector up.

Step 1

Rip off a piece of aluminum foil to fit over the smoke detector and around its sides. Wrap the piece of aluminum foil around the smoke detector. It should stay by itself, but if it doesn't, wrap a large rubber band around it.

Step 2

Fold a plastic grocery bag in half and place it over the smoke detector. Use painter's tape to secure the grocery bag in place. Any other type of tape might take the paint off the wall when you try to remove it.

Step 3

Cut enough duct tape to fit over the air vents in the smoke detector and then tape them in place. If the smoke can't get in, the smoke detector won't go off.

Alicia Bodine

Alicia Bodine

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