Smoke detectors save lives. If there is a fire in your home, having a well-functioning smoke detector will give you more time to vacate the house.
We encourage all employees to check their smoke detectors regularly!
The fires that take lives usually happen at night. All homes are required to have at least one functional smoke detector, which it should be possible to hear in every bedroom with the door closed.
To protect yourself and your family, you should test the alarm with smoke. Hold something that evaporates smoke under the alarm, for example a match or a small gas canister made for testing smoke detectors, or a candle you just blew out. If that triggers the alarm then you know that the alarm is working properly and that the batteries work.
By pressing the test button you are only checking if the alarm has power not if it goes off if there is a fire!