If your smoke alarm is making an intermittent bleeping noise
- Check that your smoke alarm is definitely the source of the bleeping. Make sure the noise isn't coming from another alarm (smoke/carbon monoxide/gas/burglar alarm) by a process of elimination.
- If it beeps every minute or so this could be a ‘low battery' warning. This can also occur with hard-wired alarms (mains connected) as there is often a battery backup in case of a power cut.
- Some alarms can be silenced by pressing the central test button. Your smoke alarm will still detect smoke during this time of low battery warning silence.
- Replace your alarm or its battery immediately, and certainly within seven days, as your alarm may not have enough power to warn you of a real fire after this time.
If your smoke alarm is sounding in a non-emergency
Smoke alarms can sometimes react to cooking fumes, candle flames or other non-emergency situations.
In the event of a false alarm:
- press and release the central test button to pause the alarm
It will then automatically return to full sensitivity within 10 minutes.
Dust and insects can sometimes get into the grill so use a vacuum cleaner to clean the smoke alarm. You may need a step ladder or someone to help you do this.
It’s best to read the manufacturers instructions for your particular alarm. If you don’t have these to hand, you can find a copy online by looking up the make and model.
Problems with smoke alarms fitted during a home safety visit
If you have a smoke alarm fitted by us and it’s not working correctly, we’ll be happy to come and take a look and replace it if necessary. To arrange this, please email email@example.com with your address and details of what’s happening with your smoke alarm.