Here's what to do when a smoke alarm goes off

June 16, 2017
Marvin Coleman

Winter is a particularly important time to check your home's smoke alarms. 

Thanks to the good people at the CFA for these  Tips to keep your smoke alarm in working order:


  • Test your smoke alarms once a month. The alarm should produce a loud  “beep, beep, beep” sound when you press the test button
  • Clean your smoke alarms at least once a year by using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Gently clean dust around the outside cover.
  • Replace all smoke alarms, both battery powered and hardwired, every 10 years. The manufacturing year will be printed on the smoke alarm if you are unsure of its age.
  • If your smoke alarm is powered by a replaceable battery, use long-lasting 9V alkaline batteries and replace them annually.

It is vital you know what to do if a fire occurs.  Here's what to do when a smoke alarm goes off. Plan how you would escape a fire in your home and practice it with the whole family.

  1. Get down low and stay out of smoke
  2. If it’s safe, close doors on your way out to slow down the spread of fire and smoke.
  3. Alert other people on your way out by shouting “get out
  4. Get out and stay out
  5. Meet at a safe place such as the letterbox outside of your home
  6. Call 000 (triple zero) 


Stay snuggly and safe folks!  Cheers, Marvin.

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