Smoke detector & carbon monoxide detector installation

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Carbon Monoxide and Fire Alarm Installationin Cape Coral

Keeping Cape Coral Safe from Smoke & CO Gas

Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) are among the deadliest elements you can encounter in your home. Early detection can save your life and allow your family to get to safety. Service Today provides fire and CO alarm services in Cape Coral, as we care deeply about the health and safety of our customers. Our Cape Coral electricians ensure fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed properly and function as they are intended to. And in addition to your protection, we offer a money back guarantee to ensure the quality of our services meets and exceeds your expectations.

Given that over 30,000 people die every year in home fires1, and 20,000+ require emergency care due to carbon monoxide poisoning2, it’s important to follow the requirements and recommendations below.

Florida Fire Alarm Requirements

Currently, the Florida Fire Prevention code requires new construction to have dual powered smoke detectors, or those that are powered by electrical current and a battery. As of January 1, 2015, Florida law requires that whether a smoke alarm is newly installed or replaced, the new device must be powered by at least a 10-year non-removable, non-replaceable battery.

Florida law also requires every existing home to have at least one smoke detector outside every sleeping area. One detector is also required to be installed on every level, including the basement, and in or near a living room or den, to ensure everyone can hear the alarm when it goes off. In homes with hearing-impaired residents, smoke detectors that also flash a light in addition to sounding an alarm should be installed.

Florida CO Alarm Requirements

In addition to fire alarm installation, the state of Florida requires the use of CO detectors. Florida Statute 553.885 requires carbon monoxide alarm installation within 10 feet of rooms used for sleeping in a new building or addition with a fossil-fuel burning appliance, fireplace, or attached garage or where there’s any gas-burning fixture, feature, or element. Carbon monoxide is produced when natural gas, propane, oil, kerosene, charcoal, or wood is not burned completely. It can be released by cars, portable generators, lawn mowers, power washers, or any equipment that uses an internal combustion engine.

Where to Install Smoke and Fire Alarms


Each alarm installed should have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Only if you are awake are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning obvious. Smoke from a fire can reach you and have deadly consequences when you’re sleeping as well. Alarms should therefore be installed near sleeping areas, where they’ll be loud enough to wake you up, so you can get your family to safety.

In summary, the ideal placement for smoke and CO alarms include:

  • In every bedroom
  • On each level of your home
  • In hallways near sleeping areas
  • If the hallway is longer than 40 feet, place a device on each end
  • In the main living area
  • A minimum of 10 feet from a stove or furnace
  • The bottom of any stairway to the basement
  • The top of any stairway leading to an upper floor

How to Install CO and Smoke Detectors

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing your alarm. Generally, it should be installed a) on a wall at least 6 inches below the ceiling, or b) on a ceiling at least 6 inches from the wall. If installing wireless smoke detectors, follow the product guidelines for setting them up, as all compatible units will be linked so when one detects a threat, all units will sound an alarm at once.

When an alarm sounds, leave the house immediately and ensure your family members get to safety. Then call 911 and stay outside until emergency responders address the problem and inform you of the all-clear.

Contact Service Today!

Our technicians install the latest fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in accordance with Florida law. They specialize in the newest wireless detection systems as well. We’re available to address your needs and concerns if you require CO/fire alarm installationin Cape Coral. You can also reach us 24/7 in case there’s an emergency. Call (239) 303-4525 for immediate service.

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St. Paul and Minneapolis Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation

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St. Paul and Minneapolis Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation

Keeping Your Twin Cities Area Home Safe from Smoke & CO Gas

Safety is a homeowner’s top priority because your home holds what is dearest to you—your family. That’s why it is so critical that you are able to detect threats from invisible, odorless gases, like carbon monoxide (CO). 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. Service Today! offers residential smoke and carbon monoxide detector services in St. Paul, Bloomington, and surrounding areas. Our electricians are proud to work for a company that honestly cares about the health, safety, and comfort of their customers. We guarantee 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 reviews page and see why Service Today! is the Twin Cities’ favorite electrical company.

Need to book smoke detector or carbon monoxide alarm installation or repair in St. Paul or the surrounding areas? Call Service Today! at (888) 998-2032.

CO Alarm Requirements in Minnesota

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” in the following circumstances:
  • 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. Service Today! can answer any questions you may have about installing, relocating, or adding smoke or carbon monoxide detectors to your residential dwelling or unit.

The Difference Between Smoke Detectors & CO Detectors

When we’re asked about smoke and CO alarms, customers are usually interested in whether they’re the same thing and, if not, what their respective purposes are. First of all, no, they are not the same device. Smoke detectors and CO alarms are two separate devices that serve two distinct and important purposes in your home. Some of the key differences between smoke and CO alarms are as follows:
  • CO Alarms: Traditional CO alarms are a good first safety measure. However, they only activate when the unit is measuring 50ppm or higher for over 8 hours! This means you and your family may have already been exposed to dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide by the time the alarm sounds. If anyone is experiencing nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or headaches, these can be signs of CO poisoning and should be treated as a medical emergency. If you need any information on how to manage carbon monoxide safety in your home, call an experienced technician at Service Today!
  • Low Level CO Alarms: Exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide (under 30 ppm) can cause fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, memory loss and flu-like symptoms. In the long term, exposure to low levels can cause heart disease and damage to the nervous system. Standard carbon monoxide alarms do not automatically display or alarm at CO levels below 30 ppm, and may not be protective enough, especially for sensitive groups. Low level CO detectors display readings as low as 5 ppm. Red LED light flashes if 10 ppm is detected for 10 minutes. The CO monitor beeps every minute if 15 ppm is detected for 60 minutes, and horn sounds every few seconds if 25 ppm is detected for 30 minutes. Contact Service Today! to learn more about this life-saving technology!
  • Smoke Detectors: Residential fires far exceed all other property fires totaling 4,675 fires in the past year. 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 safely detecting the fire and leaving the home/dwelling with smoke alarm installation services. Unlike with CO alarms, when a smoke alarm goes off, you and everyone within the property must evacuate immediately to an outside area. Then, call 9-1-1.
  • Wireless Smoke Detectors: Recent advances in smoke detectors are improving safety for your home and your family! Smoke alarms can now be hardwired into your home’s electrical system with the security of a battery backup. In addition, smoke alarms can also be wirelessly interconnected. This means when one alarm is activated, all alarms will alert giving you and your family the quickest response time to evacuate your home and call 9-1-1. The St. Paul electricians at Service Today! are industry experts at installing this newly advanced life-saving technology.

Fire and CO detection is essential in every home in Minnesota. Contact the St. Paul smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm experts at Service Today! to learn more Call (888) 998-2032.

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