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Fire Prevention and Safety

Fact Sheets

The best way to stay safe from fire is to prevent them from happening in the first place. The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration are great resources for fire safety and prevention information.

Here are some fact sheets created by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division that you can share with your family, friends, students and fellow firefighters.

  • Fireworks safety: Fireworks are dangerous and can be deadly. Learn how you can stay safe AND have fun.

  • General fire safety and prevention: Fires kill dozens of people each year in Minnesota. Here are some general tips to help you prevent a fire in your home and to help you get out safely if a blaze does start.

  • Grilling: Having some friends over for a BBQ? Keep it safe around the grill with these tips. 

  • Halloween: Make sure your Halloween is scary for all the right reasons. Keep your trick-or-treaters safe by following these simple rules.

  • Rural area fire tips: If you live in a rural area, there are some extra precautions you should take to make sure fire trucks can find your home.

  • Smoke alarms: Smoke alarms save lives -- but only if they work. This fact sheet will tell you all you need to know about smoke alarms.

  •  Winter home fires: Most home fires occur in the winter. Freeze out winter fires in your home with this fact sheet.

  • Winter holidays: Make sure your winter holiday season is a safe one. Here's what you need to know about winter holiday fire safety. 

  • Youth firesetting prevention: In 2013, children started 300 fires in Minnesota. Here are some tips for preventing your child from playing with fire.

Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

As of Jan. 1, 2015, sprinkler systems are required in Minnesota for new houses larger than 4,500 square feet. More information about home fire sprinklers is available from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

You can test your knowledge of fire sprinklers with our online quiz.