Smoke alarms are an important safety device that most new houses are now equipped with. Many older homes have also been retrofitted over the years. Many lives have been saved by smoke alarms, so they are an important part of keeping your home and yourself safe from the hazards of fire. But a smoke alarm won’t do much good if it fails to work at the critical moment. If a smoke alarm fails to work, it’s most likely because it hasn’t been tested or maintained. It doesn’t take much to Keep a smoke alarm in good working order, it’s a simple process so why not do it. 

Smoke alarms use batteries, so they can work even if the power is off. The problem is, those batteries will drain after a while and become useless. According to some studies in 60 percent of home deaths due to fire, the smoke alarms were either not present at all, or did not work. In almost half of those cases, the smoke alarms did not work because the batteries were missing, or the alarms were disconnected. And of those, 24 percent of the failures were due to dead batteries. 

Testing a smoke alarm is very easy and usually involves pushing a button on the alarm that says “test”. Once you push the button the alarm should go off loudly and then shut off after a few seconds. It’s so easy almost anybody can do it. The problem is that most people simply forget about the smoke alarms and just assume they’ll work when the time comes. In most cases that is true, but why would anyone want to take a chance on losing their home or maybe even a loved one by not taking a few simple steps periodically. 

Regular testing of your smoke alarms should become part of a process. A good way to remember is to replace the batteries and test the smoke alarms when it comes time to change your clocks for daylight saving. That’s twice a year which should be frequently enough to make sure those smoke alarms are working.