The U.S. Fire Administration recommends testing your smoke detectors at least once a month and replacing the batteries at least once a year. A smoke detector is an easy and inexpensive way to protect your home and family. If you are unsure how to test your smoke detectors, you are not alone; our customers ask us all the time. That’s why we decided to write this easy-to-follow guide on how to test and maintain your smoke detectors.
Smoke detectors can be either Battery-operated or AC-powered. You should test both types regularly. AC-powered units have a backup battery, which will keep your smoke detector working through power-outages and electrical fires.
How to Test Your Smoke Detector
Most smoke detectors will automatically chirp when the batteries are low, but you should not rely on that as a replacement for testing them regularly. All smoke detectors have a test button. When you push the button, an alarm will sound and a light may glow or blink to let you know the unit has power. Once a month, push the button. If you do not hear anything, you need to change the batteries in your smoke detector.
To ensure everything is working properly, you can always test your smoke detector by lighting a few matches together then blowing them out. Allow the smoke to float up to the smoke detector to trigger the alarm.
Still not working?
If your smoke detector still does not work after changing the batteries, replace it immediately. If your smoke detector is over ten-years-old or looks worn, consider replacing it. While testing and changing the batteries in your smoke detectors, it is a good idea to clear away any dust or dirt that may have accumulated. Do not use cleaning sprays or chemicals on your smoke detectors.
As always, if you still have questions or need help, do not hesitate to contact your local professionals at LYNC Security. We are happy to be there for you.
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