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Arson Burns Us All

​Think arson doesn’t affect you? It does.

It can spike your insurance premiums or destroy your home. It can ruin your sense of security. It can destroy your life.

Arson is a crime against everyone. It is dangerous and has large financial impacts.

It's Arson Awareness Week. Learn more about this crime on the National Fire Protection Association's website. 


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.