How Often Should You Check Smoke Detectors?

How often should you check your carbon monoxide detector?

It is important to test your alarms regularly, but it is suggested to test them at least once monthly. If your carbon monoxide alarm has replaceable batteries, they should be changed at least every 6 months. Although you replace your batteries, carbon monoxide alarms don’t last forever.

Do you really need to replace smoke detectors every 10 years?

Smoke alarm lifespans can vary, but according to the association, smoke alarms need to be replaced at least every 10 years. According to Carli, that lack of awareness means some U.S. homes may have smoke alarms that have passed their expiration dates, putting people at increased risk in the event of a home fire.

How do I know if my smoke detector is working?

If you want to test a smoke detector, find the test button on the front or side of the unit. Push and hold the button for a few seconds to ensure the alarm sounds. If it doesn’t, you may need to replace the batteries or have an electrician check the wiring in the detector.

Why should smoke alarms be routinely checked?

All smoke alarms require replacement every 10 years. After 10 years the efficiency of your smoke alarm may be compromised with accumulated dust, insects, airborne contaminants and corrosion of electrical circuitry. Smoke alarms make a warning ‘beep’ or ‘chirp’ when there is a fault or when the battery needs replacing.