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American Red Cross issues steps to prevent home fires


Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The biggest disaster threat to American families isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it’s fire. The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of these are home fires.

The Southern Minnesota Region responded to 150 fires last year, helping 512 people. Fire is everyone’s fight and the Red Cross urges people to know what steps they can take to help prevent fires.

“Home fires are a common and deadly threat because they happen so quickly,” said Joellen Barak, Red Cross Communications Specialist. “We urge everyone to become aware of what they should do to prevent a fire in their home.”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there are almost 365,000 residential fires reported in the U.S. every year. These fires cause more than $6 billion in property loss. While the frequency of fire deaths has steadily decreased over the past 10 years due to increased awareness and safety measures, more than 2,400 Americans still die every year in home fires.

Fortunately, most home fires can be prevented. Homeowners should check for items that can be hazardous such as candles and space heaters – common items that can turn dangerous very quickly.

To help avoid a fire in the home, there are steps someone can take now:

•Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as sources of heat or stoves.

•Never smoke in bed.

•Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to sleep.

Smoke alarms save lives: Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area. Put a smoke alarm inside every bedroom. Because smoke rises, put the alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall. Test the smoke alarms regularly. Install new batteries every year. Get new smoke alarms every ten years.

Make a plan: The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire.

Other safety steps include:

•Follow the escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

•Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and .....
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Once again, the people of Fillmore County demonstrated their concern for the environment on October 1, by participating in the Fall Household Hazardous Waste Day held at the Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center. Hazardous waste from approximatel ..... 
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MN housing owner rehabilitation loans

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Semcac, a Community Action Agency serving southeastern Minnesota, has funds available through Minnesota Housing for housing rehabilitation loans for eligible homeowners in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Steele and Winona counties and the City o ..... 
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Citizen’s report calls for frac sand environmental impact statement to be rigorous and comprehensive

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

LEWISTON, Minn. - An upcoming environmental review of the biggest frac sand mining project ever proposed in southeast Minnesota must not only examine impacts on air, water and economics, but should also require full disclosure of the proposers’ bu ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Days are getting shorter. Nights are getting cooler. Leaves are starting to change color. Birds and butterflies are beginning to migrate south. Autumn is upon us once again, and with it comes t ..... 
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Discover the ways to fireproof a home

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

A house fire can engulf and destroy a home in a matter of minutes. Even with the fast-acting response of firefighters, a home that has caught fire may be irreparably damaged by flames, soot and water. Fire is no laughing matter, and it behooves home ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Recycling at the Fillmore County Fair was very successful again this year. It has been estimated that somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 beverage bottles and cans were collected and recycled. A ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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Alliant Energy reminds Minnesota residents on 8/11 to call 811 before digging

Mon, Aug 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - Aug. 9, 2013 – With August 11 almost here, Alliant Energy hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for everyone to call 811 before they dig. Calling 811 helps prevent potentially dangerous accide ..... 
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