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We Need Your Help to Prevent Smoking-Related Fire Deaths

2020 Smoking Related Fire Deaths: 11 fatalities, average age 59, 35 total fire fatalities

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the other bad stuff went away while we fought a pandemic? That way we could focus all our time and energy on staying safe from COVID-19 without worrying what else 2020 would bring us. But that’s not how the virus works, and that’s not how fire works, either. Case in point: The number of people who have died in fires this year (35) is up 35 percent compared with this time last year, according to preliminary numbers. Whether or not you’re a smoker, you can help prevent smoking-related fire deaths.

Learn how in this DPS blog.​

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Do not put homemade masks in the microwave

Hazardous materials teams enter a building with a simulated chlorine leak.

Do not sanitize your homemade masks in the microwave. 

Putting a mask inside of a microwave could cause a fire, especially if the mask has metal inside.

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control recommend sterilizing and cleaning your cloth face mask in your washing machine. 

Learn more on the CDC’s website. Thanks to the City of Madison Fire Department for this photo. 

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Video Description: This video gives you a unique behind-the-scenes look as two Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division investigators dig through the rubble at a Twin Cities motel fire.