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You have probably seen buildings on fire on a newscast. Or perhaps you've even watched from the curb as a home in your neighborhood burns. Investigators have the difficult job of putting the pieces together to figure out what happened. We’re giving you a unique behind-the-scenes look at the forensics of fire investigation. Check out the latest video from our Mic’d Up series.
For now it’s a blanket or an extra layer of clothes at night. But soon we’ll be turning on the furnaces and cuddling around fireplaces and settling in for another Minnesota winter. Before you do, have your furnace or fireplace checked by a professional. If not properly vented or cleaned, those heat sources could produce deadly levels of carbon monoxide. If you’ve already had your heating unit inspected, make sure your CO alarms are working properly.
This year is turning out to be a deadly one for pedestrians. DPS Office of Traffic Safety officials hope to put a stop to the uptick in fatalities. Motorists and pedestrians should always focus on the road instead of distractions like phones, Pokémon Go and other technology. Here are helpful tips for drivers and pedestrians.
In weather emergencies, warnings can save lives. But traditional warning methods such as television, radio and outdoor sirens don’t always reach everyone. Emergency officials now have a way to send warnings directly to cell phones in affected areas — Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs). These warnings will be broadcast to all phones within range of designated cell towers.