It’s time to test your smoke, heat and CO detectors.
Smoke detectors (and heat or CO detectors) have very little to go wrong with them, and require very little maintenance. The manufacturers instructions should give you all of the information that you need.
However a few minutes a year could save your life, so don’t forget to regularly test your detectors and follow the advice below:
- Test – Follow the manufacturers instructions and press the test button regularly.
- Clean – A light dust and/or vacuum will help keep the sensors clean and is best done at least twice a year.
- Batteries – Batteries should be replaced yearly (unless you have a hard wired detector with built-in rechargeable batteries). When the clocks go forward may be a handy time to remember.
- Replace – Detectors should be replaced every 10 years or as per the manufacturers instructions. There should be a date on your detector but if not, be sure to write it on your new one as a reminder for next time!
Our Top Tips:
Write the “date fitted” on your battery when you replace it.
Students/shared houses should add “Test Alarms” to your monthly cleaning rota.
Set a calendar reminder on your phone for test – batteries – replace.