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Fire deaths drop in 2013: Education will help save more lives this year


Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The number of people killed in fires last year is down 14 percent from 2012, according to preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD).

There were 43 fire fatalities in 2013 in Minnesota; there were 50 in 2012 and 56 in 2011.

“The only acceptable number of fire deaths is zero,” State Fire Marshal Bruce West said. “While we are encouraged the number of fatalities is down, we all must work together to make sure every Minnesotan understands how to prevent fires and how to escape them.”

The state’s all-time low fire-death figure was 35 in 2009; the high was 134 in 1976.

Figures are preliminary at this time because fatality reports from Minnesota burn centers and hospitals are not yet final, and the state’s fire departments are still sending data to the SFMD to be compiled over the next few months.

Final numbers for 2013 will be released later this year.

There were five fire fatalities in the first month of 2014; there were three in January 2013.

Fire safety and prevention tips

•Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Check the alarms often and replace batteries at least once a year.

•Use flameless candles instead of real ones.

•Never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.

•Keep flammable materials at least 18 inches away from any open flame. Watch for commonly used materials like oven mitts, curtains, towels and clothing.

•Have a safe-escape plan for every building you visit, even your own home.

•Consider protecting your home or business with fire sprinklers.

The SFMD works to reduce fire deaths with emphasis on education and fire prevention, and by promoting the use of protection systems like smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems.

Resources

•15 years of Minnesota fire data: http://ow.ly/lvPPg

•Interactive fire safety games: http://ow.ly/tdSSu

•Fire education material: http://ow.ly/tdT36

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Nitrate Testing

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

On Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. until noon the National Trout Center (NTC), along with the Fillmore County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Fillmore County Community Health will conduct nitrate testing of water and provide informat ..... 
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Southeast Minnesota real estate market continues to strengthen in 2013

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The real estate market in southeast Minnesota saw strong gains in nearly every indicator in 2013, with the result being a residential housing market that continues to improve. The results were announced by the Southeast Minnesot ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 1.20.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fillmore County’s next Household Hazardous Waste Day is a few months away, but I would like to pass this information on to you at this time and answer some of the questions you may have about hazardous waste. As most of you are aware, Fillmore Co ..... 
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January 2014 declared “National Radon Action Month”

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

January 2014 is has been declared “National Radon Action Month” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-sm ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Many of the residents of Fillmore County have been recycling for more than three decades. During this time, there have been many changes in the recycling practices and procedures. Some of us can remember when newspapers and aluminum cans were the ma ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

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

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has recently completed a study on the garbage Minnesotans are throwing away rather than recycling. The last study of this kind was done in 2000. A November 17 article written by Josephine Marcotty of th ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity open house

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

WINONA, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties is hosting a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 18 from noon to 7 p.m. All are invited to attend this celebration commemorating the work of Habitat for Humanity in the past (almo ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

One of the basic rules of recycling is to keep your materials as clean and as dry as possible. Wet newspaper and cardboard can get really messy and excessive food and drink left in cans and bottles stored in that container at your house tend to sme ..... 
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