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How To Test A Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarm testing is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to ensure the safety of your home and family. Sadly, smoke alarm testing is neglected by too many people, resulting in unnecessary property damage and deaths. Testing smoke alarms is easy – follow this quick guide and you’ll know how to test a smoke alarm. 

Why test your smoke alarm? 

Things can happen that we don’t expect: random electrical failures, water damage, and just wear and tear. With how easy testing smoke alarms is there is no reason not to do it. The early warning that smoke alarms give you could mean the extra time you need for a safe evacuation, so test your smoke detector. 

How often do smoke alarms need to be tested? 

The exact legislation and recommendations for how often your smoke alarm needs to be tested varies by state. In Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania the requirement is for you to test your smoke detector every month. Some states require fewer tests, but it is better to carry out smoke alarm testing more often, rather than less often. 

Testing your smoke detector 

Learning how to test a smoke alarm in Australia is a breeze. Check any manufacturer instructions for specific extra steps, but most are as simple as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Make sure everyone in your house knows that you will be testing a smoke alarm. This will stop them from being alarmed or panicked, as smoke alarm testing is typically quite loud.
  2. Press and hold the test button on your smoke alarm. Every alarm is required to come with a button to test the smoke detector, so it should be easy to find. Consult your manufacturer instructions if you are unsure. Within a few seconds, a loud siren should emanate from the detector. Make sure you can hear this alarm clearly from anywhere in your house.
  3. Inform everyone in the house that you have finished testing the smoke alarms. This is important so that they know that any future alarms are not part of the test. 

Now you know how to test a smoke alarm. 

Smoke alarm still beeping after the test? 

If you find your smoke alarm beeping after a test, you should see our guide for what to do if your smoke alarm is beeping. It could be caused by low batteries, humidity or debris.