Smoke detectors are one of the most important safety devices you can install in your home. Once you’ve installed smoke detectors, it’s absolutely vital to test them regularly to ensure that they will work during a fire. After all, what good are they if they aren’t working when you need them the most!
Use the following steps to ensure that your smoke detectors are working properly:
- Press the test button on the unit and wait for it to sound.
- Light a candle and hold it 15 centimetres below the detector so the heated air will rise into the detector.
- If the alarm doesn’t sound within 20 seconds, blow the candle and let the smoke rise.
- If the alarm still doesn’t sound, open the detector and clean the unit. Then, test the unit again.
If the detector still isn’t working, it should be replaced immediately
Smoke Detectors add precious seconds that can make the difference between life and death. Install a smoke detector on each level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Test detectors at least once and batteries semi-annually to ensure good working order. We offer comprehensive insurance solutions to help you protect your family and your home.
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