Smoke Detector

It is highly important that you take the time to secure your home in case of a fire or dangerous gas leak. The state of Wisconsin has gone the extra mile by making sure their residence is properly cared for. They have set some basic rules for residence to abide by.

The state made it a law that a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm be installed in all one to two-story homes. This law was put into action on February 1, 2011. It makes no difference how old the dwelling is, this is a must for all homes within Wisconsin. A general regulation for placing a carbon monoxide alarm is if the home has appliances that run on fuel, fireplaces or have garages that are attached.

The responsibility of installing the alarms is the home owners, and renters are required to maintain the alarms that are in place. If an alarm needs to be replaced, the owner has 5 days to put a new alarm in its place once notified by a renter or an inspector.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms must be placed in the basement, as well as every floor of the dwelling. There is not a need to install them in attics, garages, or storage areas. The alarms must be installed according to the manufacturer recommendations. Refer to the instructions that are included with the alarm or on the manufacturer's website. It is also necessary that the manufacturer be identified on the alarm. All alarms must be qualified by Underwriters Laboratories.

Although, these alarms are not always a guarantee, they serve a huge role in safety. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can claim lives quickly. Being exposed to this deadly gas is highly dangerous, and it can only be detected by an alarm.

Smoke alarms will sound when smoke is detected. This could save you from a fire if caught early.

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