Is there a difference between smoke and steam?

My girlfriend and I got into an argument about the reasoning for her smoke alarm going off every time she leaves the door open when she showers. Is it the steam that makes it go off? Is the steam from a hot shower some how identical to smoke? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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  • 10 years ago
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    Steam is harmless, smoke kills. Steam causes the smoke alarm to go off due to condensation of water on the electrical components that causes a short circuit.

  • 10 years ago

    smoke is the burning combustion from something;

    steam is just water that is so hot it turned into vapor, but the air around condensed it back in to water, but it still floats like a could. :)

    So basically: the water gets hot and turns into gas, and then it leaves the shower and turns back into water, like humidity.

    i have no clue why your smoke alarm goes off, but that is the diff b/w smoke and steam!

    Source(s): the water cycle.
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