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What to Test to Ensure your Smoke Detectors Work Properly

What to Test to Ensure your Smoke Detectors Work Properly

These are some maintenance procedures you should perform to make sure your smoke detectors are working.

It only takes a simple fire detection system to help save countless lives, which is why smoke detectors have so much value in your home. However, those smoke detectors will only be useful if they work properly. Otherwise, they’re nothing more than odd ornaments placed throughout the house.

Even if you think your smoke detectors are working, it’s a safer choice to do maintenance checks on them before a fire breaks out. These are some maintenance procedures you should perform to make sure your smoke detectors are working.

Test Alarms Regularly

One of the most important things to do is to test your alarm regularly. Before you do, inform everyone in the are that you are going to perform testing. This is because someone could hear the alarm go off during testing and assume there is a fire. Second, make sure someone is on the opposite side of the house. An alarm should be audible from anywhere in the house, so having someone test its volume is essential. After that, hold down the test button for a couple of seconds and wait for the alarm to go off.

Test and Replace your Batteries

If you don’t hear your alarm go off, the first thing you want to do is replace the batteries in the smoke detector. You also want to see if your detector is on in the first place. Once you’ve addressed these concerns, try testing your alarm again. If your smoke detector still doesn’t work after this, you likely have a broken system, and that will require you to replace it with a new one.

Go through these same steps with all smoke detectors in your house. It’s also a smart choice to get a smoke detector test aerosol can and use it to spray your smoke detectors. This will help you determine if your smoke detectors can actually detect smoke in your house. There’s no point in getting new smoke detectors if they don’t work any better than your old ones.

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