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Add checking smoke, CO alarms to your spring cabin to-do list

A smoke alarmFinally, sunshine and warm weather! You’ve been cooped up all winter, so naturally your first instinct is to drive up to the cabin and get it ready for summer. You probably have quite the to-do list: Put the dock back in the water. Turn on the utilities. Do some cleaning and air it out.

As long as you’re checking boxes, be sure to add the most important two: Make sure the smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your cabin are working, and make a fire escape plan. This DPS blog tells you how.​

Consider purchasing a portable fire escape ladder

​A person threw a baby to firefighters, then was forced to jump from the second-floor balcony of a burning building on Sunday, April 22. Nobody was injured in the blaze​, which happened at a North St. Paul apartment building. If you ever find yourself in this situation, a portable fire escape ladder could help. They are available at home improvement stores.

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Video Description: Cheryl Burt hopes her story and her sons’ deaths are all the reason you need to buy carbon monoxide alarms for your home and test them monthly.