They can save lives but nothing lasts forever;  when referring to Carbon Monoxide detectors, both of these statements are very accurate.  The Minnesota Department of Health is urging people to not only install Carbon Monoxide detectors in their home but to replace the older, existing ones they may have.

It seems like winter and the end of the year are a common time that people choose to maintain their Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors.  You'll often find them on sale at home improvement stores in December and January.  That's why it's a good time to take  a look at the ones you have installed in your home.

According to the experts, Carbon Monoxide detectors only last  5 to 7 years.  How old is the model in your home?