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Have you ever heard a chirp in the middle of the night and wondered what’s making that sound? It’s your smoke detector telling you it needs a fresh battery or needs to be completely replaced.  Most smoke detectors expire within 10 years and need to be replaced. Check the expiration date on yours. Smoke detectors help you avoid smoke inhalation, not just escaping from fires. 

American Red Cross 

The American Red Cross has a Save A Life program on YouTube, available for you to view here. It’s an entertaining video to encourage you to change the batteries on your chirping smoke detectors instead of ignoring them. The video shares what you should versus shouldn’t do in response to the chirp. Do change the battery, don’t throw the smoke detector out the window. It is a humorous approach to a serious topic. 


Smoke detectors save lives, but only if they’re working. All too often, people hear the chirp of the smoke detector and disable it completely. This is the wrong thing to do. Do not ignore the smoke detector, please install fresh batteries.  

Smoke detectors help alert you by detecting smoke and smoke comes before a fire. Smoke inhalation is a common cause of fire-related death and you can avoid that tragic fate with functional smoke detectors.   

Take care of it immediately 

Sometimes the chirp happens in the middle of the night and occupants don’t want to deal with it immediately, so they take the smoke detector off for the night. Then, in the morning, they forget to put a fresh battery into the smoke detector and replace it. For safety’s sake, even in the middle of the night, it is best to change the battery on a chirping smoke detector. 

Fresh air is better than disabling a smoke detector 

Sometimes the smoke detector goes off when you’re cooking and occupants disassemble it so that it stops its alarm. This is not the right thing to do. You can press the button on the smoke detector to reset it and open a window to get fresh air into the home where you’re cooking. You want to be sure that your smoke detector is always in good working condition. 

Smoke detectors save lives, but they have to be operational in order to do so. Do not ignore the chirp.  Change the battery. Protect yourself and your loved ones. It can be that simple. 

ServiceMaster is an expert at Damage Restoration 

Unfortunately, house fires happen. At ServiceMaster, we clean up after house fires. We clean up after smoke damage too. Call us if you need damage restoration services. 

Save a life.  Replace the battery in your chirping smoke detector. 

Lives can be saved with functional smoke detectors.  Contents of homes are replaceable.  Lives lost due to fires are not.  We want to help avoid tragedy.  Change the batteries immediately when the smoke detector starts chirping, even if it is in the middle of the night.