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Gasoline and fire: A potentially life-changing combination

​“My burns are a blessing and a curse.”

Those are the words of Jessica Patterson, a Minnesota woman who survived third-degree burns after someone dumped gasoline on an outdoor fire. 

Check out these tips​​ for keeping your recreational fire safe. 

Make Sure the Fire Department Doesn't Show Up at Your Next BBQ

​Busting out the grill for a BBQ?

Make sure you follow these tips to keep your grilling safe:

  • Never use a grill indoors and don't leave it unattended. 
  • Keep your grill clean. 
  • Move it away from your home and deck.

More tips are available in our grilling fact sheet. 

Working smoke alarms save lives. Test yours today.

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Smoke alarms save lives — both humans and animals — but only if they work.

People die every year in Minnesota homes without working smoke alarms. Those deaths are preventable. 

Test your alarms monthly! It's as simple as pushing the test button. It's also critical to change the battery in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year. The best way to remember to change the batteries is to do it when you Fall Back or Spring Forward and change all the clocks in your house. More information about smoke alarms is available in this fact sheet. ​​

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Video Description: This demonstration shows how putting water on a grease fire can have an explosive effect that can be deadly, cause severe burns or destroy your home.