They will inspect the central alarm and fire extinguishers. The main alarm is very loud and will be tested several times in each building that morning.
Please refrain from disconnecting your smoke detector in a futile attempt to kill the noise in your unit. It is not your smoke detector that is making the noise, although it would be a good time to make sure that your smoke detector is working properly:
- First locate your smoke detector, attached to the ceiling, in your hallway.
- Examine the smoke detector for a little round “test” button. All detectors have one. Press and hold the test button for a few seconds to see if it beeps. If it does, your detector is working properly.
- If you push the round button and no audible alarm is indicated, remove the smoke detector and check your batteries. Batteries should be replaced twice a year. The best way to remember to do this is when you set your clock ahead, or back.
- Also, check the date on the smoke detector to determine the age. According to the manufacturer’s instructions, all smoke detectors should be replaced after 10 years of use. The date will be listed on the back of the detector. If there is no date on the smoke detector, it is over 10 years old and needs to be replaced.
- If you hear your smoke detector “chirping” (it continuously beeps every few seconds up to a minute). This is an indication that the battery needs to be replaced.