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Testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

What you will need

Nothing

Step 1

Most of our alarms are fitted to mains power with a backup battery. If the alarm isn’t working then see if there is a green LED light on. This tells us that the mains power is on. If no green LED is on then the lights might have tripped so resetting this may be all that is required.

If the power has been off for 24 hours then the battery will wear down and cause a false alarm with a low battery warning.

Step 2

If your alarm is fitted with a battery, a check shoudn’t take any more than five minutes. Simply press the test button that is visible on the unit.

Step 3

The unit will emit a loud alarm for approximately five seconds and then stop automatically. If it sounds loud and is clear then you don’t need to do anything. However, if you can’t hear anything you might want to try pressing the button again.

Step 4

A green LED light should also flash during the sound so keep an eye out for that too.

Step 5

If you try multiple times and your alarm does not make a loud noise or dose not flash, then it is a sign that the batteries need to be changed. You should do this as soon as possible!

Step 6

Worried that you won’t remember to check your alarms?

Set a reminder on your phone or add it to your calendar - this way you shouldn’t forget.

To download and print off an info sheet please click here.

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