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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

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Stay safe at your cabin this summer

Don’t let a fun weekend at the lake turn deadly.

Make sure the CO and smoke alarms at your cabin are working. Don’t have them? They need to be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level.​

An appliance that saves lives

A gear washer at a fire stationThere are special washing machines – known to firefighters as “gear washers” – designed to remove the carcinogens that build up in the turnout gear they wear when they fight fires. Why is that important? Because those carcinogens, also known as toxic combustion byproducts, stick around long after a firefighter leaves a call, causing health problems such as lung damage, chronic bronchitis and cancer. But they can be prohibitively expensive. Thanks to a grant allocated by the State Fire Marshal Division, 145 Minnesota fire departments have been able to buy gear washers and dryers since 2015.

Learn more in our blog.​


Featured Video

Video Description: Working smoke alarms gave a Paynesville woman and her granddaughter the critical seconds needed to safely escape a burning home.