Anything that has batteries in it should be assessed at least once per year, or they can leak and ruin equipment.
For seasonal things like my boat equipment, batteries are either removed for the off-season and replaced with new when reconditioning, or, with things like clocks that at best kept moving, fresh batteries are installed for the winter.
For non-seasonal stuff, I use the daylight savings time changes to assess batteries on everything, not just the smoke detectors. That includes flashlights and other gear that is often just "standing-by" without much use.
For things that I use infrequenlty and with preplanning, like my chronograph and digital scale, I never leave a battery in it when I am not using it.
I don't have a progressive with electonics, so I am not sure what category I would put that into. Probably the check with the smoke detector group.