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October 22, 2019

10/8/2019 2:18:00 PM
Oct. 6 - 12 is Fire Prevention Week; check your smoke detectors

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

According to the NFPA, smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement and installed inside of every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area. For example, a home that is two stories and has three bedrooms should have five smoke alarms.

Replace batteries in smoke detectors and test them regularly.

Plan your escape. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

The Minnesota State Fire Code (MSFC) has regulations on the location, placement and power supply of smoke alarms inside residential dwelling units depending on the date of construction. ... In the case that these combination devices are installed, the smoke alarm installation requirements shall be followed.

Carbon monoxide alarms have been required in new homes in Minnesota since January 2007, and have been required in existing single family homes since August 1st, 2008. CO alarms need to be installed within ten feet of every room lawfully used for sleeping purposes.





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