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REPORT: When it comes to fires, Minnesota schools some of the safest in the country

​Minnesota schools are some of the safest in the country when it comes to fires, according to a new report released by the SFMD.

Minnesota’s annual average of 43 school fires is 47 percent lower than the national average of 81, according to the Minnesota School Fire Report. 

The report also shows that since the DPS-SFMD School Inspection Program began in 1990:

  • The annual average number of school fires in Minnesota has dropped from 90 (1990-1994) to 41 (2010-2014).
  • From 2009-2013, Minnesota’s school fire loss has decreased by just over 70 percent to $3,201 per fire, while the national average has increased 50 percent to $17,241 per fire. Minnesota’s average loss per school fire is about 81 percent lower than the national average.


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 test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly. Batteries should be changed at least once a year. Alarms should be replaced after 10 years. Learn more about smoke alarms in this fact sheet.

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Video Description: Karen Hubert and her granddaughter Morgan were asleep when a fire broke out in Karen's home just south of Paynesville, Minnesota.