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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.

New Minnesota Fire Code Available Online

Electronic versions of the 2015 Minnesota State Fire Code are now available on the International Code Council's website. The new Minnesota code is based on the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC).

If you have questions on the new code, email our Fire Code Team.

 

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Video Description: Karen Hubert and her granddaughter Morgan were asleep when a fire broke out in Karen's home just south of Paynesville, Minnesota. Working smoke alarms and Morgan's quick-thinking gave them the critical seconds needed to safely escape the burning home.