How to Change the Battery in Hard-Wired Smoke Alarms

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Just because a smoke alarm is hard-wired doesn't mean it won't have a battery. Change the battery in hard-wired smoke alarms with help from a certified firefighter in this free video clip.

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Hi I'm Gabriel Williams, I'm a certified firefighter in the state of Illinois. Today we are going to talk about how to change your batteries in a hard wired smoke alarm. If the smoke detector or smoke alarm in your house is hard wired into the house then while it's mounted when you take it off it's going to have wires that are going up an attach into the entire system of smoke alarms in your house. There should be enough wire for you to pull it down a little bit to get to the battery whether the battery is in back or in a compartment on the side like this one here. All hard wired smoke alarms are going to have a battery backup. Because if your power goes out you need another system to power the smoke alarm. So when the power goes out you are going to just detach this from the ceiling, open the storage carriage where the battery is. Get a new battery and replace this. You should do this twice a year. Don't just wait for, for the power to go out and to find out that it's not working. Change the battery regularly even though your smoke alarm is hard wired and running off the electricity of your house. Remember early detection is one of the best ways to survive a fire. Remember you want to check and change the batteries in your smoke alarm twice a year. When you change your clocks change your batteries. Just because it's hard wired into your house doesn't mean that you can neglect this. You still need to put new batteries in there twice a year. If the smoke alarm is chirping it's time to change the battery. Sometimes it may not do that because it's hard wired. But it should have some type of indicator to let you know you have a low battery. Make sure that you check the owner's manual to your specific smoke alarm. Each one is different. Read the manual make sure you know how to properly operate and change the batteries on your alarm. I know this seems like common sense but it's only common sense if it's common to you. And now it is. My name is Gabriel Williams and we've been talking about how to change the batteries in your hard wired smoke alarm.

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