Smoke Alarm

The smoke alarm is located on the ceiling in the main living area of your RV. It is intended to help reduce injury or loss of life in a fire. Proper use can give you time to escape, but they are not foolproof. Smoke alarms only sound when smoke reaches them.

• Smoke alarms MUST be properly located, installed, and maintained.

Individuals with hearing loss or certain medical problems should consider using warning devices that provide both audible and visual signals


Check that a 9-volt battery is correctly connected. When the battery is supplying power, the red LED will flash. If smoke is detected by the sensor, a loud alarm will sound until the air is cleared.

If the smoke alarm sounds

During an alarm, you will hear a loud, repeating horn pattern and the red LED will flash rapidly.

• The alarm warns you of a potentially dangerous situation that requires your immediate attention.

NEVER ignore any alarm. Ignoring the alarm may result in injury or death.

• EVACUATE the RV first, then

• Call 911 from a safe location.

How to test

It is important to test the smoke alarm at least once every week to make sure it is working properly. Stand at arm's length from the alarm when testing. The alarm horn is loud and may be harmful to your hearing.

1. Press and hold the TEST button on the smoke alarm cover until the alarm sounds (the smoke alarm may continue to alarm for a few seconds after you release the button).

2. If it does not alarm, make sure the smoke alarm is receiving power and test it again.

3. If it still does not alarm, replace it immediately.


The smoke alarm will not function if the battery is missing, disconnected, dead, the wrong type of battery is used or the battery is installed incorrectly. When the 9-volt battery becomes weak, the smoke alarm will "chirp” (the low battery warning). If the low battery warning sounds, the battery MUST be replaced. Never disconnect the battery to silence the smoke alarm.


Clean the smoke alarm at least once a month by gently vacuuming the outside cover. Do not paint over the smoke alarm. Paint may clog the openings to the sensing chambers and prevent it from operating properly.