A great time to check and test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, including new models that use a battery with a 10-year life span, is during daylight saving time on Sunday, November 1. These alarms provide an early warning for residents in case of a fire or elevated levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas.

“Fires can spread quickly and carbon monoxide cannot be detected by smell or sight so it’s important to ensure these early warning tools are properly installed and working,” says Sean Hayes, commander–risk management. “A simple test can help save lives.”

For safety and to generally cover a house adequately, install residential smoke alarms in each bedroom, hallways outside bedrooms and on each building level (including basements). Carbon monoxide alarms should generally be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area, on every level of the home and in any other locations required by law.

Learn more about fire safety. For more information contact staff at 507-387-8577.