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Fire Alarm Testing Mini Guide

Updated: Jun 13

Fire alarm fixed to a wall in a long corridor

Have you been thinking about how to test your fire alarm but you aren’t too sure where to begin? 

It couldn’t be easier. It really is as simple as locating the button, which will be labelled ‘test’, pushing it, and holding it down. 

If the smoke detector is working, the alarm will sound, along with any other smoke detectors in your property that are linked to it. With this in mind, here are a few points for testing. 

How often should smoke alarms be tested?

It’s important to note that fire alarm manufacturers have various different guidance on how a smoke alarm needs to be tested. As a guide and to be on the safe side, we advise that you aim to test it weekly in whichever way is recommended in the guidelines. 

If you feel that you’re likely to forget to turn on your smoke alarm, we suggest that you 

set up a reminder on your phone. This might even be an alarm that goes off every week at a time you’re guaranteed to be at home, so you know it’s time to test your smoke detector.

Some individuals, such as the elderly, or people with mobility issues, might find it difficult to test their smoke alarms. If you know a person who needs help, offer to go round and test it for them as often as you can.

How to change smoke alarm battery

The majority of smoke alarms will let you know that the battery needs changing because an alarm, will go off. This often sounds like a beeping noise and it’ll just keep going until you do it.

What’s more, you don’t actually have to wait for the smoke alarm to remind you. It’s best to make sure that you change the battery at least once a year. 

Some people feel more comfortable changing their smoke alarm batteries up to twice a year for additional clarity. An ideal time to do it is when setting our clocks forward for daylight savings time and then back to standard time. These two things tend to serve as a useful reminder.

If you’re looking for a reliable fire protection company, you needn’t look further than EK Fire Protection. As one of the leading fire safety businesses in the area, we work closely with numerous businesses to ensure they are adequately covered and clued up when it comes to fire safety. To find out more, please visit our website or contact us today.

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