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Park Ace participates in Fire Prevention month

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) kicked off Fire Prevention Month in Minnesota this week by revealing the top causes of deadly fires, encouraging Minnesotans to take personal responsibility for preventing them and unveiling a new public education campaign aimed at saving lives.

Minnesota had 39 fire deaths in 2010 - a slight increase from 2009 when there were 34 fire fatalities, the fewest ever recorded in one year. Most of the deaths happened in residential structures and more than one-third of those deaths occurred where smoke alarms were missing or inoperable. Data collected by the SFMD illustrates that human error remains the root of most destructive fires, with cooking the number-one problem and heating and open flames coming in second and third.

Park Ace Hardware in Park Rapids is also launching a fire safety program. The store will now inspect, refill, maintain and pressure test fire extinguishers.

From Oct. 5 to Nov. 5, Park Ace will give one free exchange per household for your smoke detector batteries. You can exchange the old battery for a new one.