How Do I Know Which Smoke Alarm is Beeping?
So, the smoke alarm is beeping in your manufactured home. Good times. Beeping, of course, means the batteries are low and need to be replaced. Easy, right? Certainly, cleaning gutters and shoveling snow are more laborious tasks. But repairing a drained smoke alarm isn’t as simple as you might think.
If you only have one smoke alarm, it’s an easy fix. Just grab a stepping stool and swap in the old batteries for new. If you have multiple smoke alarms, it’s a different story. Since the dying smoke alarm beeps just once every few minutes, it can take a while to identify which one needs to be fixed.
As always, the best way to fix a problem is to prevent it altogether. Be proactive and change the batteries on each of your smoke alarms every 12 months. It will only cost you a few batteries and ensure your alarms are responsive in the wake of an emergency. Home fires, after all, are a major problem in the U.S.
If being proactive isn’t your modus operandi, here are 3 quick(ish) ways to find and fix the beeping smoke alarm.
Make it a game: If you have kids, assign each of them to a certain alarm. Tell them that it’s a game, and the person who’s standing under the alarm that beeps win!
Process of elimination: The most traditional (and time-consuming) way to find a beeping smoke alarm, just go room to room and wait for a chirp. If the beep doesn’t occur under your alarm, it’s onto the next one.
Change them all: If one smoke alarm is dying, chances are they’re all dying. Swap out the batteries on each smoke alarm and save yourself the trouble of doing this again next week.