In the United States, an average of seven people die from house fires per day. Homeowners are becoming aware of the risks and are choosing to install smoke alarms, also known as smoke detectors, in their homes.

Unfortunately, one thing homeowners forget to do is test the alarm on a regular basis. Continue reading below to find out how to make sure your smoke alarm is working properly. • Warn Family Members – The first thing you need to do is warn everyone in the household that you will be conducting a test on the smoke alarms. This will prevent a false emergency phone call. • Test the Power – Most smoke detector models contain a light that alerts you that it is receiving power. To test the alarm hold the test button on the device down for a few seconds to make sure it is loud and works properly. • Check the Sensors – You can purchase a specialized aerosol spray that is created for testing smoke alarms. The basic directions involve spraying it towards the smoke detector. It will trigger the sensors that are meant to detect smoke. Directions vary depending on the product. Make sure you follow the instructions properly for the best results. • Mark Your Calendar – Test your smoke detector once per month. Never skip months or delay the test.

Get the Family Involved

Young children often learn about fire hazards and safety at school. Teach your children how to react in case of a fire by creating an exit plan and meeting place outdoors. It is recommended to create a few different scenarios in case a fire breaks out from various places in your home. Common areas that catch fire are kitchens, garages, and bedrooms. However, you shouldn’t limit your evacuation plans to just these areas because faulty wiring or other issues can happen anywhere in the house. Fire safety is essential to living a safe life. Learning how to properly put out fires is key to limiting damage and injury. Investing in a fire extinguisher is recommended. Once you purchase a fire extinguisher you should teach everyone in your household how to use it properly. Electrical issues such as loose or faulty wiring are a common cause of house fires. Contact an electrician today for an inspection and further assistance. Always check your fire alarms on a regular basis to prevent fire and injury.