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Will Burning Incense Set Off a Smoke or Fire Alarm?

Will Burning Incense Set Off a Smoke or Fire Alarm?


Getting your own incense burner is a great way to promote relaxation and peace. But, we must never forget that burning incense can produce smoke, and, heaven forbid, cause fires if not done properly. 


Many people ask, can incense smoke set off a home’s fire alarm? Luckily for all of us who like burning incense from time to time (and let's face it: most of us do), there are a few things we can do to keep our homes safe when we light up some sticks or cones of incense.

Can Incense Trigger Smoke Alarms?

Smoke alarms are designed to detect smoke, not specifically fire. This means that they will not pick up a fire until it is well underway. In fact, many fires have already spread beyond the point where smoke alarms can detect them before they're spotted by someone in the home or caught on camera by a neighbor's security system. 


It's also worth noting that most smoke alarms aren't equipped with voice alerts or any other kind of visual indication system; these devices alert you only through sound—which may be too late if you're asleep when a fire breaks out in your home.

Incense is Designed to Produce Smoke and Fragrant Smells

Incense is a tempting choice for those who want to add some ambiance to their home, but it's important to know that incense is designed to produce smoke. To put it simply: burning plant materials will create smoke, and that smoke could set off your fire alarm.


If you're hoping to use incense in your home despite the potential for false alarms, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of setting off your alarm system, which we will talk about later in this article.

What to Do if Incense Sets Off a Smoke Alarm

If the incense does set off your fire alarm, try to find the switch for the circuit breaker and turn the power off. If that doesn't work, get everyone out of the house and call 911. Once you've ensured everyone's safety, call your local fire department and explain what happened. 

That way, they know there's no emergency when they arrive. If you have to evacuate your home because of an incense-related fire alarm, make sure you have some important items with you, like spare keys and important documents.

How to Prevent Incense-Related Fire Alarm Triggers

If you've ever wondered whether or not incense could set off a smoke alarm, the answer is yes. But if that's all you know about this subject, then we have more information for you.


Incense is often used as part of religious ceremonies in Asia, and more recently has gained popularity in Western countries as well. However, because it burns at high temperatures and produces smoke and ash, it can also cause fires if any of these substances are allowed to build up around your home.

Burning it in a well-ventilated area, or outside if possible

The key to burning incense safely is to use it in a well-ventilated area. If you do burn it inside your home, be sure to use a sturdy holder that can catch any embers that may fall. Keep the incense away from flammable items and ensure that you’re burning it under close supervision.

Using a sturdy incense holder

The safest way to burn incense is to use a sturdy holder. Our Incense Waterfall Burner reduces the risk of setting off fire alarms because it’s designed to let the smoke flow downwards like a waterfall.


With this easy-to-use Incense Cone Waterfall Burner, watch the smoke stream down like a tranquil waterfall, making you feel more relaxed with its scents. 

Keeping the incense away from flammable items

It’s best practice to keep incense away from items that can cause bigger fires, such as 


  • Curtains, furniture, and other flammable items
  • From pets and children
  • Open flames
  • From things that can catch fire (like a lit candle)

Burning it under close supervision

Now, we're not saying that you need to move your incense burners into a glass-fronted cabinet or have a fire extinguisher at the ready. But it is important to exercise some caution when burning incense inside. 

Burn Incense Safely With Incense Waterfalls

Always keep your wits about you when burning incense. With these tips, you can stay safe while enjoying this aromatic tradition from around the world. 


Remember that it's not just about avoiding fire alarms—burning incense can actually enhance your life by creating a relaxing space for meditation or yoga practice. So go ahead and light up!