Warm weather is finally here! While we’re all excited to make plans to enjoy some time outdoors with family and friends, our firefighters want to remind you to review rules and tips that can keep you safe. If you’re going to have a “backyard fire” or you’re going to fire up the grill, take a moment to review the materials below.
Campfire Safety Tips
Grilling Safety Tips
Fireworks Safety Tips
The Department provides a number of Fire Prevention, Arson Awareness and Education programs for residents. These include fire extinguisher training, juvenile fire setter classes, fire escape, presentations and grade school programs.
Every year, a week in May is designated as Arson Awareness week in Minnesota. Last year alone there were over 400 investigations into arson done by the Minnesota State Fire Marshals Office, The State of Minnesota has an arrest rate of 18 percent on arsons, this is 12 percent higher than the national average.
Juvenile Fire Setters
National statistics show that 40 percent of U.S. arson arrests in 2010 were juveniles, and almost half of them were under 16 years old. Experts recognize four juvenile fire-setting motivations: curiosity, crisis-reaction, delinquency and pathological behavior. Almost every case involves easy access to ignition devices and lack of adult supervision; most are made difficult to identify by juveniles who deny involvement and parents who resist admitting that their child may be starting fires on purpose.