How To Check Smoke Alarm Or Smoke Detector

Checking your smoke alarm is a very simple fire safety tip that is often overlooked.

How to check your smoke alarm or smoke detector to make sure your home stays safe in case of fire. Part of Fire Safety Week on Household Management 101. #FireSafety #SmokeDetector #FireSafetyTips
use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Everyone knows that we should have smoke alarms or detectors in our homes, as a basic part of fire safety.

However, it is very easy to forget about them being there, and that means we might not be checking them as much as we should.

Therefore, as part of Fire Safety Week here is your reminder to check smoke alarms, like we all should.

How to check your smoke alarm or smoke detector to make sure your home stays safe in case of fire. Part of Fire Safety Week on Household Management 101. #FireSafety #SmokeDetector #FireSafetyTips
use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

The Importance Of Smoke Alarms And Detectors

"Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half."

The source of this information is from the National Fire Protection Association, which sponsors the National Fire Prevention Week.

That statistic alone convinces me I should check my smoke detector more often.

Smoke Detector And Alarm Basics

1. You should have multiple smoke alarms in your home, at least one on each level, including your basement.

2. You should also make sure that one smoke detector is located in each bedroom, or if not in it right outside it. This is very important because if you or your kids are asleep you need the alarm to be close, so you can hear it through your sleep.

3. Ideally your smoke alarms will all be interconnected, meaning if one goes off they will all go off. This can help alert everyone in the home, no matter where they are, that there is a fire. A licensed electrician should be able to help you accomplish this task.

4. You should check a smoke alarm at least monthly. I know that seems like a lot, and I myself have been guilty of not doing it. However, all you have to do is punch the test button, so it's quite simple.

If you can't bring yourself to do it monthly, at a minimum do it each time it is Daylight Saving Time, which happens twice a year! (You can see even more things you could also do at the beginning and end of DST each year at the link as well.)

Home routines to do each time it's spring forward and fall back

5. You should replace your smoke detector's batteries at least once a year, whether you think they need replacing or not. This is not the type of equipment where you want to have dead batteries, and not know it. I suggest changing the batteries when DST begins, or ends, each year from now, similarly to how you use those occurrences to remind yourself to test that the detector is still working.

6. If your smoke detectors are more than 10 years old, you should replace your smoke alarm with a new one (referral link).

Learn More From The Fire Safety Series Here On The Site

Fire safety tips for your home

My cooking is so awesome, even the smoke alarm cheers me onuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Some links on this page are affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase a product through them I receive a small commission which helps me provide this information to you for free, plus support my family. My integrity and your satisfaction are very important to me so I only recommend products I would purchase myself, and that I believe would benefit you. To learn more please see my disclosure statement.

Share Your Comments, Thoughts & Ideas

Related Pages You May Enjoy

Health And Safety Tips For Your Home And Family

How To Use A Fire Extinguisher

Stop Drop And Roll

Go From Check Smoke Alarm Or Smoke Detector To Home Page

Get Free Newsletter

Let's Stay Connected!

become Household Management 101's Facebook fan Follow Taylor on Pinterest follow Taylor on Instagram

follow Household Management 101 on Twitter follow Household Management 101 on RSS

Visit My Other Websites

Stain Removal 101

Home Storage Solutions 101

house cleaning lists and schedules
Copyright © 2008 - 2024 - Flanery Companies, LLC - All Rights Reserved