Could a fart set off a domestic smoke alarm?

Could a fart set off a domestic smoke alarm?

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Ari

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174 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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whistle

Cock Womble 7

29,908 posts

189 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Only if you lit it.

Ari

Original Poster:

16,071 posts

174 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Strange. After dropping one which, admittedly, could peel paint from the walls the smoke alarm went off and refused to be pacified until I pulled the battery. biggrin

My dearly beloved insists it was I that set it off with my somewhat pungent aroma.

mybrainhurts

89,739 posts

214 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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My farts bring the fire brigade out...

BuzzLightyear

1,426 posts

141 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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You are very sick in all possible meanings of the phrase.




wink

Distant

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152 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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I don't know but I think that's the best thread title I've ever seen.

Leptons

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135 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Cheers!

rofl

Life Saab Itch

37,068 posts

147 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Realistically, no.
Most smoke detectors rely on low level alpha radiation being constantly detected across a known gap. Smoke can stop the expected amount of radiation being detected, hence the alarm goes off.


It is very unlikely that a fart (however disgusting) will be dense enough to set off a smoke alarm. It is a gas (unless it is filled with poo particles, in which case I would suggest that it is hard gas, not gas) smoke is made up of much larger particles than methane.

I suggest a scientific test.

jet_noise

4,187 posts

141 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Dear Ari,

one for Brainiac or Mythbusters?

regards,
Jet

ZOLLAR

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132 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Distant said:
I don't know but I think that's the best thread title I've ever seen.
Same here, such a bloke-ish question hehe

-Pete-

2,789 posts

135 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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You're going to need a ladder. Any good at balancing on your head? biggrin

R1 Indy

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142 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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-Pete- said:
You're going to need a ladder. Any good at balancing on your head? biggrin
Or you could just remove the alarm from the ceiling?

much easier.

elster

17,422 posts

169 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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I would say unlikely.

Optical - Well your fart would have to create a cloud.
Heat - I am going to say your internals aren't that hot.

Iwantoneofthose

355 posts

151 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Should this topic be in GG? biggrin

Jasandjules

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188 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Well if it did, what the heck have you been eating!?!?!?!?

mybrainhurts

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214 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Jasandjules said:
Well if it did, what the heck have you been eating!?!?!?!?
Smokey bacon...

BuzzLightyear

1,426 posts

141 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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.....Monster Munch?

hehe

Doofus

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132 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Distant said:
I don't know but I think that's the best thread title I've ever seen.
+ a kabillion

roflrofl

bmthnick1981

5,282 posts

175 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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Amazing.

BlackVanDyke

9,932 posts

170 months

Sunday 30th October 2011
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biggrin This is why I like Pistonheads.

Can't imagine how it could possibly set one off though given that they usually detect smoke (!) or heat (!!!)...