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How To Test My Smoke Alarm?

To test the smoke alarm is a simple method that has many safety benefits with it. Testing if the smoke detector is still working will give peace of mind knowing that in the case of an emergency the systems will be working. Testing the smoke alarm is also a regulation and residential owners and landlords need to ensure they follow a good smoke alarm compliance. Here at The Local Electrician, our Emergency Electrician team is here to perform smoke alarm maintenance and installation services for Sydney, such as we will test the smoke alarm. 

To test the smoke alarm:

  • Ensure everyone knows about the test so they are not startled and can protect their ears
  • Have people stand at the furthest points of the home so they can see if they can hear the alarm
  • Push and hold the test button on the smoke alarm until it rings
  • Once the ringing has stopped determine if it works perfectly or if the smoke alarm or batteries need replacing or if more need to be added
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What is the Best Way to Test the Smoke Alarm?

The best steps to take to test the smoke alarm are:

  1. It is important to first tell anyone who lives in the home or apartment that a smoke alarm testing procedure will be going on. This is to ensure people do not think a fire is going on and that they can protect their ears due to the high-pitched sound of the detector ring.
  2. Have different people positioned at different points in the home or in their unit, apartment or residential space. This is so that when the smoke alarm rings they can determine if the alarm was easily heard.
  3. Each smoke alarm has a test button that when pressed the alarm will sound. Push this button until the alarm rings then let go and record what has happened. See if each person could clearly hear the alarm ring and also determine if the sound is strong and healthy. If the detector alarm sound was low, weak or nonexistent then the batteries need replacing or the whole system needs changing.

What are the Different Types of Smoke Detectors and When to Test Them?

Knowing the different smoke alarms is important to ensure the right one is installed in the building. 

Battery Powered

Battery powered smoke alarms have a battery inside them and are simply attached to the ceiling. They need to be tested monthly to ensure that the battery is still functioning correctly or if they need replacing. 


Hardwired smoke detectors are fixed on the ceiling and are directly connected to the home’s electrical system. Batteries are still installed in case there is a power outage so the alarms can still function while the power is out. Testing these systems monthly is also needed to ensure that the batteries and other parts of the system are working properly. 

We highly recommend reading our blog ‘a buyers guide on the different types of smoke alarms’ for further information about the various smoke detectors that can be purchased.

How Often Do I Need to Test the Smoke Alarm?

When it comes to when to test the smoke alarm there are certain times to ensure that it works safely and correctly:

  • Once a month each smoke detector should be tested using the test button and procedure
  • Every six months each smoke alarm should have a visual inspection where any dirt or dust is cleaned off it or if there are any visible defects they are addressed by a trained electrician
  • Every twelve months the batteries, especially those with lead or alkaline batteries, should be replaced
  • Once every ten years is when the smoke alarms should be replaced with new ones

Smoke alarms like any other electrical systems experience issues that need to be repaired. Our blog ‘common smoke alarm problems’ is here with information about what to do when these smoke alarm problems occur.

Reliable Emergency Electricians Testing and Servicing Smoke Alarms

The Local Electrician is here with fully qualified electricians to test the smoke alarms and perform other work on them. Our team is here to install smoke alarms, perform repairs and also provide maintenance and testing services as well. We operate safely and professionally during every service and understand how to work with all smoke alarms.

Each emergency electrician can work all over Sydney on smoke alarm services, including Eastern Suburbs, North Shore, and Sutherland Shire. We also offer professional Level 2 Electrician services where we will perform more advanced electrical work and services in properties.


When needing help to test the smoke alarm or general smoke detector services – rely on The Local Electrician!

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