I installed two new smoke detectors in my house a few months ago and have been testing them using the 'test' buttons.
Today I decided to give them a more realistic test by placing a burning and then extinguished match underneath them. To my surprise neither was activated.
Thinking this may not have been enough to trigger a modern smoke detector I then removed them from the wall and placed them above a large saucepan of burning paper for around 3 minutes. There was lots of smoke and the flames were only inches below the smoke detectors. Yet again, neither detector sounded an alarm.
I contacted the manufacturer, and they say that this is 'normal' and that their smoke detectors are 'burned toast proof'.
To me this sounds like BS. If 3 minutes sitting directly above flames and plumes of smoke is not considered enough to set the alarm off then just how alight would my house have to be before I was alerted?
So, how should I properly test these smoke detectors in a way that the manufacturer cannot simply brush off?