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Check Those Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Check Those Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Heading into the deep freeze of winter 2020 Detroit Lakes Fire Department's new chief offers a fire safety reminder.

Chief Ryan Swanson says as furnaces are running and the snow is blowing up covering up ventilation systems on the roof or side of the house, it's important to get Carbon Monoxide Detectors. He says there are a lot of older homes that have never had CO detectors in them, some people feel they don't need them, but they do.

And if you do have a CO detector, Swanson says to check the CO detectors manufacturer's date on the back because unlike smoke detectors, CO detectors expire. The earlier 2000 models are only good for five years and the newer models are good for 10 years.

Chief Swanson adds it's also especially important any time of year for each household to have a fire escape plan and practice it.

Already in 2020 the fire department was called out to two apartment building fires. Crews were able to keep the fire in each case to an individual apartment thanks to alarms.

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