Apr 25

How to Test Your Smoke Detectors in 4 Simple Steps

Smoke alarms are an inexpensive way for you to protect yourself and your family from any fire-related hazards and injuries, but it’s important to test them regularly to make sure they function.

You can usually find two kinds of smoke detectors: battery-operated, which can be installed anywhere but require frequent inspection and battery replacement; and AC-powered, which are usually more dependable but need to be installed correctly by an electrician.

Why Test Your Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors and fire alarms are not infallible. For instance, batteries eventually die and need to be replaced, and parts of smoke detectors can eventually wear out over time, which means that they need proper upkeep and maintenance at least once or twice a year.

So if any of the following signs apply, you might want to consider replacing your detectors:

  • Frequent false alarms
  • Short beeps
  • Frequent presence of smoke triggering the smoke detector regularly

When testing your devices, be sure to read and follow the instructions in the box for the proper method. However, if you don’t have them, there are a few ways you can test your smoke detectors to know if they still work:  

1. Let family members know. When testing your alarm, be sure to inform everyone first. Smoke detectors and fire alarms emit a high-pitched sound that can frighten some people, you want everyone to be prepared to avoid surprising or scaring anyone.

2. Do a sound test. You can test this by having a family member stand at the furthest point in your home. This area should be away from your alarms since it can be critical in knowing if the alarm can be heard everywhere in your HDB flat or condo unit.

If your alarms do work but can’t be heard in other areas in your home because they are muffled or weak, you may want to have additional smoke or fire alarms installed in more areas in your home.

3. Press and hold the “test button”. This test button is present in every functioning smoke alarm or fire detector and should be easy to find, and while it takes a few seconds to start, it should emit a loud noise when pressed. This is when you know that the smoke alarm is working.

If your alarms have a weak or muffled sound, try to see if it isn’t blocked by any dust or debris and that the batteries are still working. Try replacing the batteries if the last time you changed them was more than six months.

You should also keep in mind that smoke detectors usually have a ten-year life span, which makes checking their date of installation important.

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