If the smoke alarm in your home is going off frequently and you can’t figure out why it may be time to disconnect it. This is especially true if the alarm is more than ten years old. Disconnecting the smoke alarm is a relatively simple process, but it’s essential to follow the steps carefully to ensure it’s done correctly.
Locate Smoke Alarm:
1. Locate the smoke alarm in your home. It should be mounted on the ceiling or high on a wall.
2. Using a ladder or stool, reach up and unscrew the mounting bracket that holds the smoke alarm. Carefully remove the alarm from its mount.
3. Unscrew the battery compartment cover on the back of the smoke alarm.
4. Remove the batteries from the compartment.
5. Cover the battery compartment with a piece of tape or plastic to prevent accidental activation.
6. Reattach the mounting bracket to the smoke alarm and place the alarm back in its original location.
7. Test the smoke alarm to make sure it’s working correctly. Press and hold the test button for at least 30 seconds to ensure the alarm sounds. You may need to replace the batteries or the entire unit if it doesn’t.
Disengaging the tamper-resistant features
1. Some smoke alarms have tamper-resistant features that prevent them from being easily disconnected. If your smoke alarm has this feature, you’ll need to disengage it before proceeding.
2. Locate the tamper-resistant switch on the back of the smoke alarm. It may be labeled “TR” or “Tamper.”
3. Slide the switch to the “Off” position. This will disengage the tamper-resistant features and allow you to proceed with disconnecting the alarm.
4. Once you’ve disengaged the tamper-resistant features, follow the steps above to remove the batteries and disable the alarm.
Removing an AC hard-wired or interconnected alarm:
1. Locate the smoke alarm in your house
2. Remove the alarm.
3. Remove the batteries from the alarm.
5. Find the power supply for the smoke alarm. It may be located in the electrical panel or nearby junction box.
6. Disconnect the power supply by unscrewing the wires from their terminals. Be sure to turn off the power to the smoke alarm before proceeding.
7. Once the power is disconnected, reattach the mounting bracket to the smoke alarm and place the alarm back in its original location.
9. If the smoke alarm is hard-wired or interconnected with other alarms in your home, you’ll need to disconnect all of them before proceeding. To do this, locate the master control panel for your alarms and disconnect the power supply. Be sure to turn off the power to the panel before proceeding.