Have you ever been rudely awoken at 3:00 a.m. by an incessant beeping fire alarm? Many homeowners have, and while it’s a headache, there are a number of simple and effective ways one can locate a fire alarm that is beeping.
All fire alarms are designed to alert a user when the battery is dead. While there are a number of ways to find a beeping alarm, the best way to prevent problems is by maintaining alarms properly. It’s important to install new batteries in a fire or smoke alarm every six months. This will ensure that alarms function properly.
When the battery in an alarm drops below a certain voltage, the alarm will enter into a warning mode. This warning mode will cause the alarm to beep every few minutes. Since it can be challenging to remember where one installed an alarm, a homeowner may be subjected to an incessant beeping of unknown origins.
One of the best ways to find a beeping alarm is at night. After dusk, try turning off all the lights in the room where one believes an alarm is. Most fire alarms have an LED light that will blink to indicate a low battery. Since this blinking can be very faint, it may not be possible to detect during normal daytime hours.
After turning off all the lights in a room, try to look for any faint blinking light. In many cases, an alarm will blink more often than it will beep. This can make it easier to find the alarm.
If an alarm can’t be found this way, it may be necessary to take steps to isolate the sound of an alarm. The best way to do this is by making sure that all known alarms in a home have good batteries. Once all the known smoke alarms in a home have fresh batteries, it’s time to isolate the hidden alarm.
After finding the room where one believes the alarm is, try closing all the doors leading to that room. If the sound of the alarm grows faint, there’s a good chance one isn’t in the right room. However, if the alarm remains at the same decibel level, the alarm is probably in that room.
It’s also a good idea to have assistance from one’s family when locating an alarm. By having more than one set of ears, it’s possible to increase the chance of finding a beeping alarm.