Often the simplest fire detection and prevention tools are the ones that save the most lives, which is why smoke detectors and alarms are so important.
However, even if you have multiple detectors installed throughout your home, they are useless unless they are maintained and working properly. Even if you believe your alarms are on and working, you don’t want to wait until an actual fire starts to find out. You should check these at regular intervals throughout the year. You should test your alarms to ensure they are working as intended. Take a look at the following steps to learn how to correctly test your alarm and fix it if it isn’t working.
REGULAR ALARM AND DETECTOR CHECKS
The first thing you should do is let everyone else in your home know that you are testing an alarm. You don’t want a member of your family to call 999 when there is no fire to put out. Next, you should have someone go to the opposite end of the property to check if they can hear the alarm from the furthest point away from its location. Once they are ready, push and hold the test button for a few seconds until the alarm starts going off. If the alarms are mains wired they should be linked so all alarms will sound from this test.
TEST AND REPLACE BATTERIES
If the alarm doesn’t go off, the first thing you should do is replace the batteries and check to see if the device is on. The alarms will also have a recommended replacement date. If this has expired please replace or give us a call we would be happy to assist. After doing so, test the alarm again. If it still isn’t working, you may have a faulty device that needs to be replaced. You may need an electrician to fix this for you. Please call your local electrician in Richmond. Our contact details are at the bottom of this page.