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Performing a regular test is a vital part of ensuring continued fire and carbon monoxide detection. Alarms should be tested monthly to ensure everything is working correctly.
Direct Test from the alarm
Using a control switch
Never ignore a beeping alarm, as it is a warning sign of either a danger in the home or that an alarm needs maintenance.
A smoke or heat alarm is emitting a full alarm sound:
If the alarms are sounding, there may be a fire present. You should evacuate the property and be absolutely sure there is no fire before returning. If in doubt, always assume there is a real fire present and take the necessary action.
If there is no fire present:
Regular single beep from a smoke or heat alarm:
Irregular beep from a smoke or heat alarm:
A Carbon Monoxide alarm is sounding:
Regular single beep or irregular beep from a Carbon Monoxide alarm:
There are two different types of batteries used as battery back-ups in our mains powered smoke and heat alarms. Many of these are sealed in lithium cells, that last the 10-year life of the alarms. Our 140RC range contains a 9V Alkaline battery as it’s back up power supply and this will need changing across the life span of the alarm.
You will know when you need to change the battery, as you will hear a single regular beep (low battery warning) coming from the alarm, however it is recommended that you change the battery every year.
How to change the battery in 140RC Series Alarms:
This is relevant for the following products – Ei141RC, Ei144RC, Ei146RC.
To watch a video on how to change the battery in your alarms, click here.
Most of our alarms have a 10-year life, after which they should be replaced to ensure you carry on getting the best protection.
Checking the date-code label:
Replacing your alarm:
If your alarm is coming up to its replace by date, it should be replaced.