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smoke signalSmoke detectors are some of the most important items in your home when it comes to keeping your family safe. These devices help to alert your family to the smoke from fire while there is still time to evacuate, but did you know that they need to be regularly tested to ensure they are in full working order?

How to test a smoke alarm

No electronic device is infallible. Batteries can die, and some of the other parts of a smoke detector will wear out over time. Testing them regularly and replacing the batteries or the device itself is therefore essential. It is recommended by fire services that smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month – preferably every week on #TestItTuesday – and the batteries should be replaced twice a year. A way to remember to do so is to always change your batteries when you put the clocks forward or back.

A battery change can also be the solution to some other common problems:

  • The detector gives false alarms.
  • It emits short beeps regularly without being touched.
  • It has activated often, perhaps due to kitchen smoke.

How Do You Test A Smoke Alarm?

You should check the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper way to test your smoke alarms. But most battery-powered and hardwired smoke detectors can be tested in this way:

Step 1. Warn family members that you are testing the alarm. Smoke detectors make a high-pitched sound that can frighten small children.

Step 2. Ask a family member to go to the furthest point away from the alarm in the house. This helps to check that the alarm can be heard everywhere in your home. If you have more than one alarm (it is recommended to have at least one per floor) then test each one – the smoke from a fire will not be detected everywhere at once unless you have linked mains-powered alarms.

Step 3. Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It may take a few seconds, but soon a loud, ear-piercing siren will emanate from the smoke detector as long as the button is pressed. If the sound is missing or weak, replace your batteries.

Step 4. Take a look at your smoke detector and make sure there’s no dust or other substance blocking its grates. This could cause false alarms or even prevent it from

Most smoke detectors have a life-span of 10 years. If this time has passed, or if you are unsure if its age, you should replace it.

Digitalquill: Experts in smoke alarm monitoring

Smoke alarms are crucial as an early indicator of a fire in the home, but all too often their batteries are not checked, and so the alarm does not sound in the event of a fire. Digitalquill’s free smoke alarm testing app, Smoke Signal, supports the #TestItTuesday campaign by reminding people to test their smoke alarms every week.

You can download Smoke Signal at the Google Play store or, find out more at www.smokealarmapp.co.uk

Smoke Alarm Test

 

Digitalquill Ltd have launched a new Android app: Smoke Signal. Building on our extensive experience in commercial monitoring solutions, the app, which is designed to remind domestic users to test their smoke alarms launched on the Google Play Store last week and is being applauded by users and fire services for drawing attention to the lack of smoke alarm testing that can cost lives.

Smoke Alarm Test

Smoke Signal – An App for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Reminders

A fully tested smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of getting out of a fire, especially if it occurs while you are sleeping. We all have busy lives, which can make the testing of smoke alarms a task that never gets done. This must change. This app brings the testing of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to the front of your mind by reminding you regularly to do the tests. It also monitors the alarms’ ages and reminds you to replace their batteries every six months.

Testing your alarms cuts the risk of fatality by half

A working smoke alarm cuts your risk of dying in a fire by half, according to FireService.co.uk

39% of smoke alarm failures are because of battery failure

According to gov.uk, in 2016/17, 39% of battery-powered smoke alarms in dwellings where a fire occurred failed, while 28% of all smoke alarms failed. Testing prevents this.

Smoke alarm failures cost lives

In 2016/17, where a fire occurred that resulted in a casualty, 12% had a missing battery and 10% had a defective battery, according to gov.uk

25% of people admit they don’t test their alarms

In the government’s English Housing Survey for 2014/15 25% of people questioned said they did not test their smoke alarms at least once a month.

Digitalquill: Experts in fire safety monitoring

Smoke alarms are crucial as an early indicator of a fire in the home, but all too often their batteries are not checked, and so the alarm does not sound in the event of a fire. Digitalquill’s free smoke alarm testing app, Smoke Signal, supports the #TestitTuesday campaign by reminding people to test their smoke alarms every week.

You Can download Smoke Signal at the Google Play store or, to find out more, visit the website at www.smokealarmapp.co.uk

 

Smoke Signal Smoke Alarm Testing APp

Digitalquill Ltd are proud to announce our latest Android app: Smoke Signal. Building on our experience in commercial monitoring solutions, the app, which reminds domestic users to test their smoke alarms is launched on the Google Play Store on #TestItTuesday 3rd July.

Smoke Signal – Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Testing App

According to FireService.co.uk, a working smoke alarm cuts your risk of dying in a fire by half. However, In the English Housing Survey in 2014/15, 25% of people questioned said they did not test their smoke alarms at least once a month. In 2016/17, where a fire occurred in a home with smoke alarms that resulted in a casualty, 12% had a missing battery, and 10% had a defective battery.

Smoke Signal Smoke Alarm Testing App

Free App Reminds you to Test Smoke Alarms

Digitalquill’s Managing Director, Matt Houldsworth says:

“The #TestitTuesday hashtag on Twitter is raising awareness each week of the need to test smoke alarms, but not everyone uses Twitter. Fire safety is one of our company’s passions, and our commercial fire door inspection and monitoring system already make offices, hotels and other commercial buildings a safer place. We wanted to give something back by offering Smoke Signal as a free to use app for domestic use, that helps people remember to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms weekly – even if they do not use social media.”

Flexible Reminder Schedule for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Tests

Smoke Signal is totally free to download and use, and it does not require users to provide any of their details. The user logs all of their smoke alarms in the app, and it then triggers a reminder to check each smoke alarm’s function on a weekly basis. The user can choose what time and which day of the week to be alerted, and every six months they are reminded to change their alarm batteries. It also tracks the alarms expiry date after which they are no longer effective. The app also supports Carbon Monoxide detectors in the same way.

Why is it important to test smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms are crucial as an early indicator of a fire in the home, but all too often their batteries are not checked, and so the alarm does not sound in the event of a fire. Digitalquill’s free smoke alarm testing app, Smoke Signal, supports the #TestitTuesday campaign by reminding people to test their smoke alarms every week.

You Can download Smoke Signal at the Google Play store or, to find out more, visit the website at www.smokealarmapp.co.uk