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Fire Deaths Jump to Highest Level Since 2002

​Fifty-seven people died last year in fires in Minnesota — the highest number of fire fatalities since 2002 when 64 people were killed. The No. 1 cause of fatal fires last year in Minnesota was careless smoking (nine deaths) followed by unattended cooking (four).

State Fire Marshal Bruce West is asking Minnesotans to help drive those numbers back down by following basic fire prevention tips in their homes.

1. If you smoke, smoke outside and use a deep and sturdy ashtray filled with water or sand.
2. Never leave a hot stovetop or oven unattended.
3. Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything combustible.
4. Leave three feet between a candle and anything that can burn. Better yet, use flameless candles. 

New and Improved Minnesota Fire Code Ready to Use

​The 2015 Minnesota State Fire Code (MSFC), adopted on May 2, will be available in printed and electronic versions after June 1.  Until that time, please refer to the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC) published by the International Code Council and the Errata (corrections) to the IFC. The new code is based on the 2012 IFC.

When reviewing a section of the 2012 IFC, go to the Minnesota amendments to verify that section has not been amended. Amendments supersede what is printed in the IFC. For example, many sections in Chapter 9 on Fire Protection Systems have been amended.

We will post here when the MSFC is available for purchase. If you have questions on the new code, email our Fire Code Team.

​Featured Video

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