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Smoke alarms save lives but only if they work

​People die every year in Minnesota homes where smoke alarms are absent or not properly working. 

Those deaths are preventable, which is why State Fire Marshal Bruce West urges everyone to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly. Batteries should be changed at least once a year. Alarms should be replaced after 10 years. Learn more about smoke alarms in this fact sheet.


Is there a 'silent killer' in your home?

​Could your stove, furnace or fireplace be putting you at risk?

It could be if it’s producing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months because people may use unsafe heat sources or don't follow fire safety rules.

Make sure your CO alarms are working properly and test them once a month. Clear snow build-up from dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents. And never use grills inside.


Featured Video

Video Description: If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide alarm, Cheryl Burt’s story will make you want to buy one. She hopes her tragic story and her sons’ deaths are all the reason you need to buy CO alarms for your home and test them monthly.