How to Turn Off Home Fire Alarms

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How to Turn Off Home Fire Alarms
Learn to silence a squealing alarm. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Common sense and building regulations require functioning fire alarms throughout a home. However, when burning toast triggers the alarm's annoying squeal, it's time to cut off the power. Every tenant and homeowner ought to know how to turn off home fire alarms; it's easy to do, and it prepares you to act quickly when necessary.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Ladder

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    Silence Button

  1. 1

    Place a ladder beneath the fire alarm.

  2. 2

    Climb the ladder to access the alarm. Visually locate the silence button on the alarm's surface; typically round, the silencer button often emits a flash of light in conjunction with the alarm's audible signal. If you cannot visually locate the silence button, use your hands to feel across the alarm's surface until you feel the gently yielding, circular button.

  3. 3

    Press the silence button to turn off the fire alarm.

    Battery Removal

  1. 1

    Place a ladder beneath the alarm. Climb the ladder to access the alarm.

  2. 2

    Swing open the alarm's hinged, outer casing to reveal the inner portion of the alarm.

  3. 3

    Pull the rectangular, 9-volt battery from the alarm's body. Remove the connection wires from the battery to turn off the alarm.

Tips and warnings

  • Never permanently disable a home fire alarm; fire warning systems save property and lives.

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