Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

“Two lifesavers for your home”

By Peter Makowski,-Assistant Chief, Greenwood Fire Department


According to the National Fire Safety Council, a working smoke alarm more than doubles your chances of surviving a fire.  However, it is also estimated that one third to one half of all smoke detectors are not operable.  Smoke detectors do save lives, but you have to do your part.

  1. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.  Make sure to test your smoke alarm once a month and replace the batteries twice a year.
  2. Never take the batteries out of smoke detectors and use them somewhere else.  By doing this, you are just asking for trouble.
  3. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your house.  A number of detectors are available at an economical cost. 

For senior citizens who are visually or hearing impaired, specialty alarms are also available.  In addition, if you have limited mobility or have serious health issues, you may want to consider using a lifeline alert system.  As always, if you have any questions about fire safety, contact the Greenwood Fire Department or the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office.