Knowing how to check a fire alarm is probably the single most important thing to learn when it comes to safety in the home. Fire safety is essential not only for your own home but also for your neighbours.
We’ve all seen videos demonstrating how quickly fires can spark and spread. Within moments, you can go from having nothing to worry about to a tragic disaster. Fire alarms are an essential part of fire safety. Knowing how to check a fire alarm could one day be the difference between life and death.
How can I check a fire alarm?
The simplicity of checking a fire alarm belies how important it is. It stands to reason that such an important thing is made as simple as possible. Here’s is a step by step guide:
- Step 1: Let everyone else know. You don’t want other people in the house panicking for no reason. So tell everyone you need to that you will be testing the alarm. This is particularly important for small children. Most smoke detectors emit a very high pitched noise, which can be distressing for unsuspecting ears.
- Step 2: Get help. You want your test to be as thorough and productive as possible. Therefore, ask someone else to stand the furthest point in the house away from the alarm. If they can’t hear it, or if the sound is muffled or weak, then you may need to invest in additional fire alarms.
- Step 3: Press it. Fire alarms come with a designated test button. Press and hold here to check the fire alarm. It may take a few seconds to begin, but after a brief time, you should hear a loud, piercing siren sound.
How often should I check a fire alarm?
You should test the performance of your fire alarm at least once a month. It’s also a good idea to practice evacuation procedures with children in the house. Batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. If the sound is weak or non-existent when you check a fire alarm, replace them immediately. After 6 months, replace them again regardless of the test result.
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Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice