Home Maintenance & Repair Tips : How to Test Your Smoke Detector

Home Maintenance & Repair Tips : How to Test Your Smoke Detector


I’m Tim Gipson and I’m going to show you how
to test your smoke detectors. Now the first thing with a smoke detectors located up there,
you want to position your step ladder. It’s very important to make sure you have both
sides down and locked and these older types of step ladders have this shelf. We want to
make sure that’s down because that helps secure the step ladder. You want to make sure it’s
position properly and that it is stable. Once you do that and go ahead and climb up here.
Now every smoke detector has a button here that you push to hold. Now on your modern
homes, all these smoke detectors are inter connected throughout the home. So the one
thing we want to listen for when we are pushing this test is that you also here the other
smoke detectors in the house going off. This is a nice safety feature of newer homes. And
also can be wired into older homes. Because that way if you do have a fire that’s starts
up in one part of the house, and you may be asleep in the bedroom then the smoke detector
which are located in all bedrooms now by code, will wake you up. So once you are ready to
go you want to press, and we are going to hold this for about a second or two until
you here the smoke detector going off.
Ok and you’ll hear a series of short beeps and again if you listen in the background
you should hear the rest of the smoke detectors in the house going off. Now if you test it
and either it doesn’t come on, and this one doesn’t tone, then you want to replace the
smoke detector. Most of these can be matched up and you can get these in hardware stores
or you home improvement stores. It is, if it is a custom specialized system you may
want to go back to your specialized contractor. And also if you press the test and you do
not hear some of the other smoke detectors going off you may try changing the batteries
or and if that still does not work then you may have a fault in your wiring. In that case
you want to consult a professional to trouble shoot those wires. Now it’s very important
that when you press the test particularly in a smoke detectors system that’s tied in
a series that all the smoke detectors go off. So this is Tim Gipson and that’s how to test
your smoke detector.

19 Replies to “Home Maintenance & Repair Tips : How to Test Your Smoke Detector”

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  2. Aaron Woods
    4 years ago

     
    false if u test one detector and they are all not going to go off unless u put smoke by it when we put are addition on are house they made wire up all the smoke detectors

    You right Aaron

  3. Sorry, this will only show you if the SD has power. It will NOT confirm, if the detection of smoke is still working properly!

  4. #SD FireAlarms Aaron Woods
    4 years ago

     
    false if u test one detector and they are all not going to go off unless u put smoke by it when we put are addition on are house they made wire up all the smoke detectors

    You right Aaron @Cookiemonster620

  5. stable? thats the flimsiest ladder ever. it wobbled like crazy when u stepped on it. unnecessary " how to use a ladder video "

  6. I agree with others that your ladder is unbelievably rickety and unsafe. Better get yourself to Walmart for a nice aluminium one. On a more relevant note, just as in so many other tests, including those of manufacturers, you are only testing the alarm, not the sensor. I've only ever seen one video that shows how smoke from a match can trigger the alarm. An incense stick would probably be better so as to avoid burnt fingers.

  7. ok I have 2 that aren't wired in…just stuck on wall,lit a candle under it and blew it out it didn't go on…it tests like this one but doesn't go off with the candle. Under 5 years old,can 2 be no good?

  8. leave a frying pan on full 3 minutes all smoke alarms go off. thats when you need the 3 step step ladder kayl has here. its robust light and doesnt give a

  9. Purchased to replace a very old Fyrnetics Lifesaver 1255 smoke-only alarm that came with the house. Replacing the mounting bracket and wiring harness was simple for those who are at all handy.>>>ur2.pl/986 Linked flawlessly with an existing model with 9V backup, and sounds both alarms correctly when tested. It is loud and audibly announces the type of alarm, and the easily-accessible backup battery compartment is a great plus.

  10. I use a black Cosco step ladder to climb up and down safely when it comes to not only testing the device you’re talking about, but to remove it in order to replace the 🔋ies. Safety first!

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