Smoke Detectors 101

Check your smoke detectors

Play It Safe

Safety first—always. A properly installed and tested home fire alarm is one of the simplest, most effective things you can do to protect yourself, your home and your family from a home fire. Here’s how to make sure your system is up, running—and there to keep you safe:

  • Change the batteries once every year. Daylight savings time is a great annual reminder—or, choose any other annual holiday that will help you remember it’s time.
    • Check the manufacturer’s instructions for changing the batteries in your specific smoke detector model.
    • Open the battery compartment, remove the old battery.
    • Install the new battery and close the battery door.
    • Test the smoke detector by using the test button.
    • If false alarms happen often, try moving your smoke alarm away from the kitchen.
    • Never, ever turn off your smoke detector. You might forget to turn it back on.

The basics: Change your batteries annually, test your alarm occasionally, and keep it on at all times.