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Fire departments seeing increase in youth-set fires, a trend fire marshal expects to continue

Fire damage on the exterior of a home

The State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) has seen an increase in youth-set fires in Minnesota over the past month. 

Stress and uncertainty in youth can be expressed in a number of ways, including in unexpected ways like starting fires. 

The SFMD is reminding parents to do the following:

  • Talk to your kids about the dangers of fire as well as fire safety. 
  • Keep ignition devices like matches and lighters away from kids. 
  • Kids mimic behavior. Set a good example when using fire.  

Check out the “For Parents” section on our youth firesetting website. 

Staying home? Practice these fire prevention, safety tips

​A majority fires happen where we are most comfortable — at home.

As you spend more time at home over the coming weeks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you keep some simple fire prevention and safety measures in mind:

  • Stay in the kitchen and pay attention when you’re cooking.
  • Sick of playing card games? Need a break? Test your smoke alarms.
  • Washing clothes? Check your lint trap. A lint buildup can easily start a fire. 
  • Looking for something to do with the kids? Practice your family escape plan.
  • Do you like to use candles to decorate? Make sure they’re flameless.
  • Plan on using your grill? Clean it first and make sure it’s three feet from the side of your house. 

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