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How often should I test the batteries in my home fire alarms?

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For home smoke detectors, they are usually tested once a week. If the batteries are replaceable they are usually replaced every year.
Check the guide that comes with the detector to be sure. If you don't have it, a quick search of the make and model will get you one.

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Most companies say you should test the batteries every three to six months. I do it every three just to be sure.

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The was a family of three killed at the weekend in Brampton near where I live. They were in a rented house that had 'no working fire detectors'. That means they had them, but the batteries were dead or not installed.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/02/22/no-smoke-alarms-in-brampton-house-fire-where-3-died.html

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