To Test Your Smoke Alarm, Don’t Just Push the Button

Regular testing of smoke detectors is a must. If youre skeptical about the value of just pressing the test button, try smoke matches.

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Smoke Matches

Regular testing of smoke detectors is a must. If youre skeptical about the value of just pressing the test button, try smoke matches for a more real-world test that doesnt involve puffing on a cigar near your detector. Smoke matches are typically used for testing airflow in HVAC systems. Theyre a bit pricey at $20 for a pack of 25 matches, but still cheaper and less smelly than 25 cigars.

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Brad Holden
Brad Holden, an associate editor at The Family Handyman, has been building cabinets and furniture for 30 years. In that time, he has absorbed so many slivers and ingested so much sawdust that he's practically made of wood.