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Smoke alarms for deaf and hard of hearing are a must

Working smoke alarms save lives. But there is one small catch: You have to be able to hear the alarm for it to be effective. And that can be a big problem for Minnesotans who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This story​ explains how a special smoke alarm from the American Red Cross installed by the Virginia Fire Department in a northern Minnesota woman’s home may have saved her life.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and need a smoke alarm, please go to

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.​

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