Posted: Thursday, 31 October 2013 6:15AM

Check Smoke Detectors

MANKATO (TEC News), October 31 – With daylight savings time approaching, Mankato police officials recommend residents test their smoke detectors and change the batteries. Alarms should be placed in each bedroom, hallway and level of house, including your basement.

(Information provided by the Mankato Department of Public Safety-Fire)
Smoke alarms

 Place residential smoke alarms in each bedroom, in hallways outside bedrooms and on each building level (including
basements). Use smoke alarms certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Check manufacturer’s recommendations for battery replacement.

Carbon monoxide

 Minnesota statute (299F.50) requires approved carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in single family homes and multifamily apartment units. Place a minimum of one alarm within 10 feet of each bedroom. Carbon monoxide alarms have an effective life span of five to seven years and should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Learn more.

Fire extinguishers
 Firefighters recommend that every home should have at least one all-purpose fire extinguisher located near an exit. Check fire extinguishers monthly and service larger extinguishers annually. Local businesses that service extinguishers are listed in the phone book. Disposable fire extinguishers should typically be replaced after 10 to 15 years. Public safety provides fire extinguisher training to groups at no cost. Contact staff at 507-387-8577 to schedule a training.
More information about fire extinguishers is available online.

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