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Help put an end to careless smoking fires

​Careless smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires in Minnesota.
Putting an end to these fires, like the one that killed a Detroit Lakes man last month, is simple:

  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out by dousing them in water or sand.

Be smart as you deck the halls this holiday season

​Is your tree looking festive, all decked out in twinkling lights?

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart and follow​ these simple tips​. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

  • Never use lit candles on or near the tree.
  • Always turn off lights on the tree when leaving home or going to bed.
  • Make sure your tree is watered.

Featured Video

Video Description: After an Aug. 8 crash involving a fire truck and a suspected distracted driver, the State Patrol and Edina Fire Department teamed up to remind motorists about the consequences of distracted driving.