St. Paul and Minneapolis Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation
Keeping Your Twin Cities Area Home Safe from Smoke & CO Gas
Safety is a homeowner’s top priority because your home holds what is dearest to you—your family. That’s why it is so critical that you are able to detect threats from invisible, odorless gases, like carbon monoxide (CO). CO alarms pick up on rising levels of carbon monoxide and alert you to poisonous concentrations, whereas smoke alarms are essential for the early detection of a destructive and possibly deadly house fire.
Service Today! offers residential smoke and carbon monoxide detector services in St. Paul, Bloomington, and surrounding areas. Our electricians are proud to work for a company that honestly cares about the health, safety, and comfort of their customers. We guarantee more than just fire safety and protection against carbon monoxide; we also ensure the quality and courtesy of our services with a money back guarantee. Check out our reviews page and see why Service Today! is the Twin Cities’ favorite electrical company.
CO Alarm Requirements in Minnesota
Unsure if a CO detector is necessary for your home? According to Minnesota Statute 299F.50, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are required in “all single family homes and multifamily apartment units” in the following circumstances:
- All new construction single-family homes and multi-family dwellings where building permits were issued on or after January 1, 2007
- All existing single-family homes effective August 1, 2008
- All existing multi-family or apartment dwelling units effective August 1, 2009
Additionally, the Minnesota State Fire Code has requirements for where homeowners should locate and install their smoke and CO alarms. Service Today! can answer any questions you may have about installing, relocating, or adding smoke or carbon monoxide detectors to your residential dwelling or unit.
The Difference Between Smoke Detectors & CO Detectors
When we’re asked about smoke and CO alarms, customers are usually interested in whether they’re the same thing and, if not, what their respective purposes are. First of all, no, they are not the same device. Smoke detectors and CO alarms are two separate devices that serve two distinct and important purposes in your home.
Some of the key differences between smoke and CO alarms are as follows:
- CO Alarms: Traditional CO alarms are a good first safety measure. However, they only activate when the unit is measuring 50ppm or higher for over 8 hours! This means you and your family may have already been exposed to dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide by the time the alarm sounds. If anyone is experiencing nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or headaches, these can be signs of CO poisoning and should be treated as a medical emergency. If you need any information on how to manage carbon monoxide safety in your home, call an experienced technician at Service Today!
- Low Level CO Alarms: Exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide (under 30 ppm) can cause fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, memory loss and flu-like symptoms. In the long term, exposure to low levels can cause heart disease and damage to the nervous system. Standard carbon monoxide alarms do not automatically display or alarm at CO levels below 30 ppm, and may not be protective enough, especially for sensitive groups. Low level CO detectors display readings as low as 5 ppm. Red LED light flashes if 10 ppm is detected for 10 minutes. The CO monitor beeps every minute if 15 ppm is detected for 60 minutes, and horn sounds every few seconds if 25 ppm is detected for 30 minutes. Contact Service Today! to learn more about this life-saving technology!
- Smoke Detectors: Residential fires far exceed all other property fires totaling 4,675 fires in the past year. It’s clear that Minnesota residents need fire protection, and smoke alarms are the best safety device available. You may not be able to stop the fire, but you’ll have the best chance at safely detecting the fire and leaving the home/dwelling with smoke alarm installation services. Unlike with CO alarms, when a smoke alarm goes off, you and everyone within the property must evacuate immediately to an outside area. Then, call 9-1-1.
- Wireless Smoke Detectors: Recent advances in smoke detectors are improving safety for your home and your family! Smoke alarms can now be hardwired into your home’s electrical system with the security of a battery backup. In addition, smoke alarms can also be wirelessly interconnected. This means when one alarm is activated, all alarms will alert giving you and your family the quickest response time to evacuate your home and call 9-1-1. The St. Paul electricians at Service Today! are industry experts at installing this newly advanced life-saving technology.
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