A smoke alarm beeping is a very important issue. A smoke alarm beeps when the batteries within it are running low.
Smoke Alarm Beeping
A smoke alarm whose batteries have run flat will not work and, in such a condition, will be unable to perform its function of forewarning the occupants of a building that a very dangerous and hazardous situation has arisen.
If a smoke alarm is beeping you must take immediate action to replace the batteries. In fact, you shouldn’t even wait for a smoke alarm to beep. This is a very dangerous thing to do. You should change the batteries on a regular basis.
Good long lasting batteries need to be changed at least once a year.
Alternatively, you could have your smoke alarms wired into the mains. This means you will not need to worry about low batteries as often. Trouble with this however is if the mains fails (for example a power cut) then likewise you have no operable fire detection.
The ideal scenario is to have your smoke alarms wired into the mains but only buy smoke alarms which come with a battery back-up system pre-installed as well.
The battery back-up kicks in when the mains supply fails ensuring you have continued protection in place. See our article on the Firex smoke alarm products which is now part of the Kidde range.
The only problem with mains wired smoke alarms is that, occasionally, one alarm beeping falsely causes other alarms in the property to beep as well.
If this occurs then you should switch each one off in turn to see which one is the one which continues to beep. Don’t forget to turn them all back on again straight after.
It is always wise to test each alarm twice a year by spraying them with smoke alarm detector to ensure they go off. Just pushing the test button is not a proper test.
A good regimen is to establish a regular date on which you change the batteries within your smoke alarm. Some people do it on the 1st of January each year.
The 1st is a significant date so it’s easy to remember. It’s also the start of a new phase and so a good time to renew things old. And, of course, it’s usually a holiday so you will have time to do it
The critical thing is to make sure you actually renew the batteries. It is pointless going to the trouble of installing smoke alarms only to allow them to malfunction.
A fire is a very serious event. See our article entitled first alert smoke alarm which explains why this is so critical.
Another essential regimen is to ensure the battery encasement is free from dust. In most cases it only takes a few seconds to remove the dust from the battery housing.
A good idea is to vacuum the alarm to get effective dust free results. This ensures that there is no contact restriction which would either prevent the alarm from functioning correctly, or which might otherwise appear as if the battery is flat.
Always give your alarms a good clean internally (where practical) and externally to remove grime and dust. Obviously be careful with electrical appliances which are wired into the mains supply.
In short, the secret is to avoid the issue of beeping in the first place. If you use long life batteries pick a memorable date and change the batteries each year (don’t wait till each alarm separately starts to beep).
And at the same time give each alarm a good clean. That way you can rest assured you are maintaining an effective system that works.
Change your batteries, and check for any other deficiency in your smoke alarm, immediately, if it starts to beep. This is very important indeed.
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