A Quick and Easy Guide for Testing Your Smoke Alarms

Smoke detector mounted on ceilingWe cannot stress quite enough; how important it is that you stay on top of the smoke alarms in your home.

It’s all too easy to neglect them under the assumption that you’re never going to need them anyway.

And so, they fall from your thoughts, years pass, and you realise that you’ve never once checked to see if they actually work 

Of course, it goes without saying that you would never be able to forgive yourself if there was a fire in your home which could have been extinguished had your smoke alarms detected it almost immediately.

Instead, you barely made it out with your lives because the fire was allowed to grow exponentially before either you or one of your family members managed to raise the alarm.

Yes, this all might seem a little bit extreme, but that’s only to highlight the importance of following this guide and adhering to it! So, let’s begin with how regularly you should test the batteries: 

Smoke Alarm Battery Test – Once a Month  

Now, there are approximately 2,592,000 seconds in a month and it only takes 5 to test your smoke alarm.

In that case, I think it’s fair to say that there’s absolutely no excuse not to do it.

All you need to do is pop it into your calendar on your phone and you’ll be reminded once a month when its time; simple.  

When its time to test your smoke alarm, simply press and hold the test button for 5 or so seconds and wait for the beep.

If there is no green light or beep, then you should call your electrician to see whether or not you have a faulty alarm. A reputable company will be able to establish that for you quickly and efficiently. Don’t take any chances.  

Clean Your Smoke Alarm Every 6 Months  

Another one to pop into your calendar; give the smoke alarm a quick hoover out. Naturally, over time your smoke alarm with clog up with dust particles.

By cleaning this out regularly you will ensure that any smoke can reach the sensor unobstructed. It’s quick and easy and can help to prevent false alarms as well.  

Smoke Alarm Battery Replacement – Every 12 Months  

Even if you test the alarm after 12 months and they’re still working, replace them. The batteries are cheap enough to pick up and they’re easy enough to install.

Set this in your diary and don’t forget!  

How Old is Your Smoke Alarm?  

It’s also important to stay on top of how long you’ve had your smoke alarm. If you’ve just recently moved into a house, try to find out how long the smoke alarm has been there.

If you’re unable to get this information, then replace them immediately. Again, it’s not a major expense, considering how smoke alarms literally saves lives!

The average life span for a smoke alarm is 10 years, so make sure you replace yours when it comes of age.