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Add checking smoke, CO alarms to your spring cabin to-do list

A smoke alarmFinally, sunshine and warm weather! You’ve been cooped up all winter, so naturally your first instinct is to drive up to the cabin and get it ready for summer. You probably have quite the to-do list: Put the dock back in the water. Turn on the utilities. Do some cleaning and air it out.

As long as you’re checking boxes, be sure to add the most important two: Make sure the smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your cabin are working, and make a fire escape plan. This DPS blog tells you how.​

Gasoline and fire: A potentially life-changing combination

​“My burns are a blessing and a curse.”

Those are the words of Jessica Patterson, a Minnesota woman who survived third-degree burns after someone dumped gasoline on an outdoor fire. 

Check out these tips​ for keeping your recreational fire safe. 

Make Sure the Fire Department Doesn't Show Up at Your Next BBQ

​Busting out the grill for a BBQ?

Make sure you follow these tips to keep your grilling safe:

  • Never use a grill indoors and don't leave it unattended. 
  • Keep your grill clean. 
  • Move it away from your home and deck.

More tips are available in our grilling fact sheet. 

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.

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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.