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Prevent Fires On and Off Campus

​Fire kills Minnesota college students every year both on and off campus. There are many causes of campus fires, but most are due to a lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. Alcohol also plays a role. Awareness and an action plan will improve chances of survival.

Here are some basic campus fire safety tips:

  • Make sure there is a smoke alarm in every bedroom and on every level of the house if you live off campus.
  • Clean up immediately after parties and take trash outside.
  • Is your dorm equipped with an automatic fire-sprinkler system? Find out.
  • Know two escape routes out of your dorm or off-campus residence. Practice using that route when you are awake and not impaired.
  • If an alarm sounds, get out. Don’t worry about grabbing your personal belongings.

Check out this DPS blog​ for more information. 

Thousands of space heaters recalled

If you have a space heater in your home, please check out the information on this recall​ issued following a Minnesota man’s death late last year.

Heating season is right around the corner.  Remember these space heater safety

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never leave space heaters unattended or have them on while you’re sleeping.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from anything flammable; do not use heaters to warm or dry clothing.

More alternative heating tips are located here. 

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