Smoke Detectors

Smoke Fatalities

Most fire fatalities in the home occur not from the fire itself, but from the smoke that is produced. If you are sleeping when a fire starts, a working smoke detector may be the only chance you have of waking up. Every household should have at least one smoke detector in the home. The detector should be placed outside the sleeping area and others on each level of the house.

Check Your Detector

Test the detector each month, replace the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) detector at least once a year, and replace your smoke alarm and CO detector at least once every 10 years. The Roseville Fire Department suggests you change batteries every year when you move your clocks back at the end of Daylight Saving Time.

Roseville Firefighters will assist seniors or people with disabilities to change batteries in smoke detectors or CO detectors. Call the Fire Department at 651-792-7009 to schedule a time for a firefighter to visit your home.

Detector Placement

Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for proper placement of your smoke alarms and CO detectors. Have at least one:

  • Outside every sleeping area in your home
  • On every level of your home, including the basement
According to the State Fire Marshall, residential fires account for 83% of all fire deaths in Minnesota. Roughly 2/3 of fire deaths that happen each year are in homes with no smoke alarm or a smoke alarm that does not work.

Most smoke detectors can be recycled at Retrofit Recycling, 2960 Yorktown Blvd, Little Canada. Call 651-766-7422 for directions and hours. There is a $5.00 charge to recycle there.