Importance of carbon monoxide detectors 

Install a carbon monoxide detector. It could save your life, and it’s the law. All homes in Minnesota must have CO detectors. Homeowners who do not have a CO detector could face liability charges if someone in their home is injured or killed by carbon monoxide poisoning or smoke inhalation. 

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas. This gas could build up to a toxic level if your appliances are not maintained or a chimney is blocked or not properly vented. 

Daylight Saving Time begins March 10 this year. That’s a good day to remember to change the batteries on your smoke alarms and your carbon  monoxide detector. Roseville firefighters will change smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries for elderly residents or anyone with a disability living in Roseville. Contact Fire Inspector Sam Baker at 651-792-7342 if you need assistance. 

Alarms can be battery powered or powered by plugging into an outlet or by wiring into the home electrical system. Alarms must conform to the  Underwriters Laboratory Standards and be located within 10 feet of each bedroom. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced at least every ten years. They can be recycled for a fee at Retrofit Recycling, 2960 Yorktown Boulevard, in Little Canada or at Roseville’s Cleanup Day on April 27. 

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