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​Fire departments and cities receive grants to improve services

A new sleeping room for volunteer and paid on-call firefighters. A study to identify the challenges of consolidating three fire departments. These are just two of the projects several Minnesota fire departments, fire districts and cities will be able to work on thanks to grants from the State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD). 

The SFMD awarded a total of $250,000 in Service Planning Grants. The grants ranged from approximately $28,000 to $133,000. Money for the grants came from the Fire Safety Account. More information on the grant recipients is available in this news release​

Vacant and abandoned buildings: A favorite arson target

A building damaged by arsonIt’s been the neighborhood eyesore for years: peeling paint, broken windows, weeds and trash everywhere. There’s no one living there to get hurt. So why should you care if someone sets it on fire?

For one thing, the fire can spread to nearby occupied buildings, endangering the lives and property of people who live and work nearby. For another, fires in vacant and abandon buildings tend to injure firefighters more often than other fires.

Check out our latest blog to learn more about the fire hazards presented by vacant and abandoned buildings—and what you can do about them.

How to put out a grease fire: The dos and don'ts

​Putting water on a grease fire can have an explosive effect that be deadly, cause severe burns or destroy your home.

Kitchen fires kill people every year in Minnesota. Here are some kitchen fire prevention and safety reminders: 

  • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking on the stove. A grease fire can happen very quickly and spread in seconds.
  • If a grease fire does happen, slide a lid or cookie sheet over the pan and turn off the burner.
  • Never put water on a grease fire or try to move the pan. 

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Video Description: This demonstration shows how putting water on a grease fire can have an explosive effect that can be deadly, cause severe burns or destroy your home.