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Fire Departments, Communities Receive Grants from State Fire Marshal Division to Help Improve Services

​Several fire departments across the state can move forward on plans to better serve their communities thanks to grants from the State Fire Marshal Division.

The SFMD recently awarded a total of $150,000 in Service Planning Grants. The grants ranged from approximately $19,000 to just over $36,000. Money for the grants came from the Fire Safety Account.
 
“The resources of many local fire departments are stretched thin so these grants are critical,” State Fire Marshal Jim Smith said. “The ultimate goal is providing the best service possible.”

Learn more about the grant recipients in this news release.


Smoking remains leading cause of Minnesota fire deaths

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Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in Minnesota, killing an average of nine people each year.

You can prevent fatal fires caused by careless smoking:
• If you smoke, take it outside.
• Properly dispose of cigarettes outside in a sturdy container filled with sand or water.
• Make sure your cigarettes are fully extinguished.
• Never smoke while using medical oxygen or in a home where medical oxygen is being used.
• And remember: most smoking-related fire deaths happen to people under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Is there a 'silent killer' in your home?

​Could your stove, furnace or fireplace be putting you at risk?

It could be if it’s producing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months because people may use unsafe heat sources or don't follow fire safety rules.

Make sure your CO alarms are working properly and test them once a month. Clear snow build-up from dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents. And never use grills inside.


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