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Testing your smoke detectors every so often can keep your home safer against fires. To learn the basic steps on how to conduct an inspection on your smoke alarms, read this post by Walker & Frick Construction Co. in Richmond, VA.

Nobody ever wants to be in the terrifying situation in which there's a fire in their home. However, scary as it may be, it can happen. One night, you and your family may be sleeping, and an issue in the electrical system can create a spark and ignite the place. In those cases, the only thing that could alert you of the problem early on so you can react appropriately to it will be the smoke alarm, which will sound off as soon as it detects smoke. Still, for the smoke detector to function as expected, it needs to be in good shape, and the only way to ensure that it is is to test it every so often. If you'd like to learn the basic, simple steps to test your smoke detectors, the following post will share them with you. This way, you will be able to keep your home and your family safe.

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How to Inspect Your Smoke Alarms

Get the Necessary Supplies for the Inspection

First and foremost, you need to get the necessary supplies for the inspection of your smoke alarms. Even if this is a very easy maintenance task, not having the required items will make it harder. To that end, you will need:
  • a ladder to reach the smoke alarms easily
  • batteries that will fit your smoke alarms
  • a smoke detector tester to perform the inspection
Other than that, it would be a good idea to ask for your family's help. This will make this task go over a lot quicker and more easily.

Check That the Alarm Sounds Off

To begin the actual inspection process, you first need to check that the alarm in your smoke detectors actually goes off. To make that happen, you simply need to hop on the ladder (carefully), open the smoke alarm, and press the button that's in it. If, after doing this, you hear that the alarm has gone off, then it works fine, and you have nothing to worry about. If it doesn't, give the alarm a change of batteries and try again to see if that fixes the problem. If it doesn't, get the smoke detector replaced promptly, so you don't have to go without it for long.

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Check Its Ability to Detect Smoke

The step above is only to check if the smoke detector emits sound. However, this doesn't guarantee that it has the ability to detect smoke. And since this is the most important function they have, it's imperative that you also check its performance. To make that happen, you will need to grab your smoke detector tester, which, as the name indicates, it's made to help you in this situation. Read its instructions thoroughly and use it. If the alarm goes off, the detector works fine. If it doesn't, change the batteries and try once more. If it's not working even after the new batteries are in, get the smoke alarm replaced as soon as possible to prevent a mishap.

Consider These Extra Tips

Last but not least, know that there are some other extra tips that you should consider to keep the smoke alarms in your home functional and effective. For example:
  • You need to go through this inspection process with all of the smoke alarms in your home, as one working doesn't guarantee that the others will.
  • You should perform this inspection around once a month to ensure that they are always in perfect working condition.
  • As stated above, if the smoke detector doesn't work even after changing the batteries, you should replace it quickly.
  • If the alarms in your home are 10 years old or older, replace them with new ones, as their lifespan may be almost over.

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