A smoke detector’s job is straight forward – it warns you when there is a threat of fire. Using an ionization chamber, it senses subtle changes in the electronic current of your air and alerts you of life-threatening situations. Here is your job – make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. This simple task could save your life. Seriously!
1. Take an inventory. How many smoke detectors do you have? It usually depends on the type and age of your home. They can be anywhere, so do a good search! Also, some systems are connected – meaning when one goes off they all do. But, in case not, be sure to test each one separately. Even if the smoke detectors are interconnected, you should still test each one to make sure when one goes off, it triggers the others.
2. Test them. Find the “test” or “reset” button on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you are having trouble finding it, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. Press the button (Note: you may need a paper clip). If it goes off, your detector is working. The test usually runs about 30 seconds. If your detector does not work, try putting in new batteries. Repeat the test. If it still does not work it is time to replace it!
If they don’t work properly it is time to get them replaced. Taking time to perform this simple check can save your life. If you have not done it in a few months it’s time to do it right away!