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Get an Inside Look at the SFMD in Our Annual Report

​From hotel inspections to fire investigations to public education, the State Fire Marshal Division works across Minnesota each year to protect lives and property.

Learn more about what the division did in 2014 in our annual report.  

Smoke Alarms Save Lives But Only if They Work

​People die every year in Minnesota homes where smoke alarms are absent or not properly working.  

Those deaths are preventable, which is why State Fire Marshal Bruce West urges everyone to put fresh batteries in home smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they turn their clocks back one hour this weekend. Smoke alarms need to be checked monthly and batteries changed at least once a year. Alarms should be replaced after 10 years. 

Teach Your Kids the Dangers of Fire

​Curiosity about fire is normal — starting fires is not.

Minnesota State Fire Marshal Bruce West talks in this video about the resources available to parents concerned their children may have an abnormal fascination with fire.

Video Description: Karen Hubert and her granddaughter Morgan were asleep when a fire broke out in Karen's home just south of Paynesville, Minn. Working smoke alarms and Morgan's quick-thinking gave them the critical seconds needed to safely escape the burning home. Karen hopes her story emphasizes the importance of testing your smoke alarms.