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Fire safety key to saving lives

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Last year in Minnesota, 35 people lost their lives in fires. Most of the fires were residential, and all of them were preventable. Worse, 42 percent of the victims died in homes without working smoke alarms, despite Minnesota's law requiring alarms on every level of the home and in every sleeping area. With proper warning, those people might have lived.

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 3-9, is a perfect time to reflect on your fire safety knowledge and habits, install smoke alarms or test the ones you have, and check with your loved ones to be sure they're protecting themselves, as well. Visit the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org to learn how and why smoke alarms work. And check the Minnesota State Fire Marshal website at www.fire.state.mn.us to find a fire department open house in your area.

Your State Fire Marshal Division is committed to your safety. We ask that you make a similar commitment during Fire Prevention Week, and learn to protect yourself from residential fire.

Jerry Rosendahl

Minnesota State Fire Marshal

Department of Public Safety

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