Fall home fire safety: Test your smoke detector
As the seasons change, you may find yourself going through a checklist of items to prep your home for cooler temperatures. From checking the pipes to weather-stripping your windows, there are many important home maintenance items to go through as the colder weather settles in. And testing your smoke detector should be at the top of that list.
Fall is one of the biggest fire seasons. Autumn signals all the amazing foliage to go dormant, creating spectacular colors as well as plenty of dry kindling to lie about as friends and neighbors enjoy those final cook-outs of the season. Before you know it, the glow of jack-o-lanterns will cast their warm light throughout your neighborhood. In the midst of this picturesque time of year sits an ideal setting for potential fires. Smoke detectors are an essential part of keeping your home and family protected this season, and it’s important to complete a system test to ensure they are performing optimally.
To test your smoke detector(s), follow these simple steps:
- Carefully reach up to the test button on your smoke detector(s) and hold down for 30 seconds. If working properly, the detector should make very loud beeping sounds.
- If you don’t hear anything, you will likely need to change the batteries and test again.
- If the smoke detector(s) is still not working after changing the batteries, it’s time to replace it with a new one.
If your smoke detector is monitored by Vivint, click here to learn how to ensure it is communicating properly with your system.
And you’re done! By performing this simple test when the weather cools, you’re helping ensure your family enjoys a safe and fire-free Fall!