How to Reset Smoke Alarms

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How to Reset Smoke Alarms
Resetting a smoke alarm (fire detector on ceiling image by StarJumper from Fotolia.com)

If a smoke alarm has sounded, or if it features a red light that blinks several times a minute, you will need to reset the alarm to restore it to the way it is supposed to function. There are a couple of ways that you can reset smoke alarms.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Slide or pop open the section of the smoke alarm that holds the batteries.

  2. 2

    Remove the old battery or batteries.

  3. 3

    Insert a new battery or batteries and close the cover. You now have reset the smoke alarm.

  1. 1

    Stand on a stool or ladder tall enough to reach the smoke alarm.

  2. 2

    Press the "Test" button on the alarm.

  3. 3

    Hold the "Test" button until the lights have stopped flashing or the noise quiets. You have now reset the smoke alarm.

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