Smoke alarms are by far the most effective way to get your family out safely when there’s a fire. Still, statistics show one out of every four people who die in a house fire have a working smoke alarm in the home at the time. We went to one of the leading experts in Minnesota, Jamie Novak, to put alarms to the test.
Metro area fire officials said Tuesday a handful of Twin Cities homes have been struck by lightning in the past couple of weeks. One Maple Grove man helped his neighbors escape after lightning struck Monday night in the 9300 block of Magnolia Lane North.
A 25-year-old man who was rescued from a fast-moving fire in a St. Paul home Saturday morning has died from his injuries. Firefighters received report of a fire on the 1400 block of Van Buren Avenue in the Frogtown neighborhood just before 6 a.m., according to St. Paul Fire Marshall Steve Zaccard. Crews arrived within minutes, but the fire had already done extensive damage to the second floor.
On Sunday, we’ll spring ahead. Along with changing our clocks, we’re reminded to change our batteries on important household items. Yes, firefighters want us to test and change out smoke detectors twice a year, but there’s another life-saving device in your home you might not be thinking about: The carbon monoxide detector.