Do You Know How to Test Your Home Smoke Alarm?
Research by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests that three out of five home fire deaths are a result of fires in properties that did not have working smoke alarms. However, your chance of survival if you have a working fire alarm is increased by 50%.
In addition, the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in residences with working smoke alarms.
It really important to test your smoke alarms, as well as check their batteries at least twice a year. It’s usually recommended that when you turn the clock back or forward you should change the batteries as the most common causes of smoke alarm failures typically result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
How Do You Test Your Smoke Alarm?
You should refer to your operators manual for testing your smoke alarms, but you can typically test your smoke alarms using the following steps:
- Inspect the alarm to make sure the filters are not clogged.
- Press and hold the test button on the smoke alarm to see if it beeps or of it gives a loud siren. If you don’t hear it our it sounds faint, replace the batteries.
- Make sure the alarm is loud enough to b heard in all areas.
- Finally it’s not a bad idea to consult with a professional to test the alarm as they would be able to test it by lighting a match or small fire under the alarm to test it.