Installing an alarm system gives you a feeling of protection, and it will eliminate many worries. But the truth is that once your fire alarm or carbon monoxide alarm are installed, you still need to test them. The reason is simple, no item is perfect and it can easily malfunction as time goes by. Which is why you have to test your alarms as often as you can. The last thing you want is to deal with an indoor fire or carbon monoxide accumulation, all while your alarms are not working.
How can you test the alarm system?
Normally the type of alarm you have will dictate how you need to test it. The most important thing to consider here is alert everyone in the house that you will start testing your alarm system. Once you do that, you will need to press and then hold the test button on the fire alarm. This is great for fire safety, and it can eliminate many hazards very fast.
It will take maybe a few seconds for the alarm to initiate, and it will start generating a loud sound. In case there’s no sound or the sound is very weak, then you have to replace the batteries. Ideally you want to replace the batteries anyway every 6 months or so, to ensure that the alarm is working adequately.
You may also want to clean up the alarm system too, as dust or grime can easily prevent it from working properly. Just make sure that you analyze the alarm system properly before you think it’s all good. That way you can prevent any possible problems!
A similar thing can be done with the CO sensor as well. It usually has a test button that you can use, and in case there are similar problems, you may want to replace the batteries and clean it up. Sometimes, depending on the age of your alarm system, you might even have to replace it.
How often should you test the alarm system?
Ideally, you need to do this often, especially if the fire alarm, CO sensor or any other alarm in your home are rather old. Testing them every 3-6 months is a good idea. It might be once a year if your hardware is brand new. But the truth is that the more often you test these things out, the safer you will be. So why should you risk it? It’s a lot better to stay safe and testing your alarm system often is a great idea.
Even if the alarm system is new, it’s still important to test it. You never know when or how the CO sensor or your alarms can malfunction. So it makes a lot of sense to just test out your alarm system and ensure that it always works the way you want. Use that to your advantage, stay safe and remember that a simple test like this can save your life. You don’t have to test the alarm every week, but doing it once a few months can have positive results!