Where do I put smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in my MN home?
All to often I see people updating their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector requirements only when their are getting ready to sell their home.
MN Smoke Detector and CO Alarm Law-
1) place a smoke detector in every bedroom
2) one in each hallway outside the bedrooms
3) one on each floor level
* You should have one carbon monoxide detector on each level of the home.
If you remodel, and if it is possible to hard wire at least one smoke detector into your main electrical system, you should. During remodeling, where the connection to the building wiring is difficult to achieve, battery operated alarms may be used. Check with your local building code department for specific requirements.
Youtube always has good DYI videos! Here is one on replacing an existing hard-wired smoke detector.
VIDEO IS FROM THE FIX IT HOME IMPROVEMENT CHANNEL
For more complete MN building code requirements for residential buildings visit the MN Department of Labor and Industry website.
Victoria Morris –MN BUILDING INSPECTIONS/Inspector