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Is your smoke alarm chirping? Nothing is more irritating than that single periodic chirp that you hear when you’re trying to sleep. Smoke alarms are a very important part of keeping the family and a home safe. So instead of ignoring that irritating sound of a beeping smoke detector, it’s important to properly correct it. But how?

First, it’s important to find out why the smoke detector is beeping. And there are a few simple steps you can take to identify and correct the problem.

The single beep every few minutes is most often an indicator that batteries need to be changed. Change the batteries in the detector and reconnect it. If it merely needed fresh batteries, the chirping should stop. If the beats continue after you’ve changed the batteries you may have to reset the detector. Most detectors will have a reset button hold it down for 15 to 20 seconds. You do not want to take the batteries out and neglect to replace them just to stop the chirping.

If you have a hardwired system and changing the batteries did not stop the beeping, a circuit breaker may have tripped, or the power may have momentarily gone out. Try flipping your breaker switch to see if that stops the beeping.

Lastly, address the chirping sound quickly. Fixing the problem will ensure that the smoke detectors are in good working order. Your home and your family will stay safe when you’re ready to detect.

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