Testing Your Smoke Alarms

  • Test your smoke alarms once a month, even if they are hard-wired or have 10-year batteries.
  • Press the test button on your alarm. If you have trouble reaching your alarms, use a broom handle or a cane.
  • If the alarm doesn't sound, replace the battery or the alarm immediately.
  • If your alarm uses standard batteries, change them when you change your clocks, or anytime it chirps or beeps on and off, indicating a low battery.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
  • When your alarm sounds, get out and stay out