Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is urging residents to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors prior to winter.

"Sioux Falls and the entire community that surrounds us - generally we have about 100 fire incidents every single year," according to Sioux Falls Fire Marshall Dean Lanier.

"We have a number of carbon monoxide issues as well. Our homes primarily use fuel fired appliances to heat our homes. As we come into the winter season it's a good time to discuss the importance of preparedness."

Lanier says working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives!

"Really the only way that you have to tell when you have an issue is if you have functioning smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If you don't there really isn't an opportunity to get prior knowledge before an issue comes about"

In partnership with the American Red Cross and the Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue will be inspecting and installing smoke alarms for residents on September 30.

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