How Do I Troubleshoot Smoke Detector Issues?

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When an issue with your smoke detector arises you should troubleshoot it as quickly as possible. Learn how to troubleshoot smoke detector issues with help from a goal-oriented health care provider in this free video clip.

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Hi my name is Gabriel Williams, I'm a certified firefighter in the state of Illinois. Today we are going to talk about how to troubleshoot some smoke detector issues. When you get your smoke detector make sure you read the owner's manual. That will give you the most information about how the smoke detector is going to properly function and what your different alerts and lights mean. If your smoke detector is going off it could indicate that there's smoke or a fire. You should probably get out of the house or if it's safe, if you don't smell smoke, see fire, then maybe look for other causes of why that maybe going off. Things like dirt, dust, and debris inside of your smoke detector can cause it to malfunction and alert when there's actually no smoke or fire. The other thing a lot of people say why is my smoke detector chirping every minute, every 45 minutes? That usually indicates that you have a low battery. You want to change your battery if you are hearing a chirp. Once you change your battery hit the test button see if it's functioning properly. Generally you should change your batteries in your smoke detector twice a year. When you change your clocks change the batteries in your smoke detector. If you get a brand new smoke detector and the drawer where the battery is stored is opened and you can't figure out why it won't close. Most smoke detectors have a feature that locks the battery drawer open if there's no battery in there. That way you can't put it up on the wall with out a battery and you know not be protected from smoke or fire. So if your drawer won't close get a brand new nine volt battery. Insert it into the smoke detector and then your drawer should go ahead and close. If your smoke detector is going off you can't figure out why, you've cleaned it. You've checked it for dirt, dust, and debris. You've changed the battery it's still just giving an alarm for no apparent reason. Go ahead and get yourself a new smoke detector. Don't try to take it apart, don't try to fix it yourself. They cost about five to ten dollars at your nearest hardware store. And these things can and will save your life in the event of a fire. The best way to survive a fire is to prevent it from every happening. And if you can't prevent it from happening then you want to make sure you have a good smoke detector that's working properly. My name is Gabriel Williams and we've been talking about troubleshooting smoke detector issues.

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