It is vital for homes and businesses (or any space where people will be inhabiting) to have safe and secure methods of fire prevention and detection. A smoke detector and fire alarm is always highly recommended for the home and office, with many new homes needing to be compliant with safety insurance standards. These standards include owning a smoke detector in the home, meanwhile protecting health and safety in the workplace requires offices and businesses to have fire alarm systems.
These systems should be maintained regularly, and checked by a professional at least once every few years, though to check your own system and test its functioning would be very helpful to ensure that your fire systems are functioning and able to protect you. Batteries and other parts of the device can be worn, unexpectedly short, or die for various reasons, which is way testing them regularly to check if anything needs replacing is so important. It is advised by professionals that smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month, with batteries being replaced at least twice a year. Some warning signs to note whether your device is malfunctioning is that if the detector gives off false alarms, or frequently reacts to kitchen smoke, or emits regular beeps on its own accord. It is advised to refer to the instructions that came along with your device in testing your system. Generally, however, the main way of testing a device is as simple as this 3-step process:
1) Alert anyone within the home or building that you will be testing.
2) Station a person at the furthest point from the alarm, to be sure that the alarm can be heard from all spaces.
3) Press and hold the test button in the device. If a high-pitched alarm does not sound, the means batteries should be replaced. Check for dust or grime build up on the device also to ensure that there is nothing blocking its grates, which will prevent the alarm from working.
If you are not sure whether to replace batteries, then it’s best to always place new ones in the device. If you are having trouble testing your device yourself, or you need a new system in place,consult a professional fire service to help.