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Testing smoke alarms
Never remove the battery from your detector, even for a short period.
At least one smoke alarm should be fitted to each level of your home. In order to make sure your smoke alarm can save your life, it is important to maintain it properly and test it regularly.
Looking after your smoke alarm
Most budget smoke detectors will come with a battery already fitted. This battery will last for at least one year. Make a point of changing that battery annually.
Consider using one of your children's birthdays, or a special occasion, to remind you to change it.
- Once a week - test the battery: press the button until the alarm sounds.
- Once a year - change the battery (unless it's a long life alarm).
- Twice a year - open the case and gently vacuum the inside to remove dust from the sensors. If it doesn't open, vacuum through the holes.
- After 10 years - replace your alarm with a whole new unit.
Smoke alarm reminder service
Free service that will remind you to:
- Test your smoke alarm;
- Replace the batteries;
- Replace your smoke alarm.
Register for free smoke alarm reminder at www.safelincs.co.uk/reminders (opens new window)
Use our wall chart
Keep a printed copy of the chart on a wall near your smoke alarm, so you can keep a record of its maintenance schedule. (The chart includes some useful general fire safety reminders too).
Download a printer friendly wall chart 37Kb
- The battery in a smoke alarm should be replaced on an annual basis.
- Place an asterisk (*) in the appropriate box in the chart to show the month in which the battery is due for renewal.
- The alarm should be tested regularly once a week.
- Tick the appropriate box in the chart when you do your weekly test.
- Vacuum inside the alarm casing once or twice a year.
- Fit smoke alarms.
- Test them each week.
- Replace the batteries once a year.