Smoke & CO Detectors
The Best in Fire & Carbon Monoxide Safety
Safety is a homeowner’s top priority because your home holds what is dearest to you, your family. That’s why detection of threats from an invisible, odorless gas like carbon monoxide can be so critical. 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. Boy’s Electric offers residential smoke and CO alarm services in Minneapolis–Saint Paul and the surrounding counties.
Our technicians are proud to work for a company that honestly cares about the health, safety and comfort of their customers. Boy’s Electric guarantees 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 Testimonials page and see why Boy’s Electric is the Twin Cities’ Favorite Electrician.
Minnesota Alarm Requirements
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” adhering to these dates:
- 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. Boy’s Electric can answer any questions you may have about installing, relocating, or adding Smoke or CO detectors to your residential dwelling or unit.
Difference Between Smoke Alarms & CO Alarms
When we’re asked about Smoke and CO Alarms, customers are usually interested in if they’re the same thing, and if not, what their respective purposes are. First of all, no, they’re not the same device. They are two separate alarms that serve two distinct and important purposes in your home.
CO alarms activate when levels of carbon monoxide exceed the safety limit. It’s a warning that those inside are at risk of poisoning and even death, but that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone needs to evacuate. When a CO alarm goes off, you should first assess the health of those in your home. If anyone is experiencing nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or headaches, these can be signs of CO poisoning, and should be treated as a medical emergency.
Often, however, CO safety levels can be reestablished through ventilation and fresh airflow throughout the living space. If you need any information about how to install CO alarms or manage carbon monoxide levels in your home, call Boy’s Electric and ‘Ask an Expert’! We’ve got your CO solution.
In an annual report from the State Fire Marshal, a Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Structure Fires, which include houses, apartments, hotels, schools, and other inhabited structures, are Minnesota’s most frequently reported fire emergencies. Residential Fires far exceed all other property types, totaling 4,675 fires in the past year. Single and multi-family dwellings accounted for 4,442 of those fires and 42 deaths, as compared to only 62 hotel fires with 0 deaths.
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 safety and manageability with smoke alarm installation services from Boy’s Electric.
Unlike with CO alarms, when a smoke alarm goes off, you and everyone within the property must evacuate immediately to an outside area. At which time, dial 911.