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Inside Look at a Fire Investigation

​You have probably seen buildings on fire on a newscast. Or perhaps you've even watched from the curb as a home in your neighborhood burns. Investigators have the difficult job of putting the pieces together to figure out what happened. We’re giving you a unique behind-the-scenes look at the forensics of fire investigation. Check out the latest video from our Mic’d Up series.

Connecting First Responders in Rural Minnesota

​Emergencies have no boundaries. They can happen anytime and anywhere. That is why FirstNet’s wireless broadband service has a goal of connecting first responders no matter the location. This includes the remote 547-mile border between Minnesota and Canada as well as our state’s rural lake communities where so many people recreate. FirstNet’s coverage plan includes high power towers that can cover more real estate as well as satellite solutions. The network is currently working with future users, including Minnesota, to address rural communication needs and current concerns about lack of coverage. Read how FirstNet will help public safety personnel save lives and secure communities in rural Minnesota.

See Something, Say Something

​Restaurant patios. Bike trails. Walking paths. Anywhere you go outdoors people are enjoying the summer weather. Help keep it safe for everyone. If You See Something, Say Something. Call 911 to report suspicious activity like an unattended package or someone trying to break into a restricted area.

Master those Curvy Roads this Riding Season

​In 2015, nearly half of fatal crashes occurred while motorcyclists were negotiating a curve. Those crashes are preventable. Here are tips to navigate a curve safely: 1) Maintain smooth and controlled operation, 2) Slow with both brakes prior to entering the curve, 3) Keep head and eyes up, and look through the path of travel, 4) Press in the direction you want to go, and 5) Roll on the throttle through the corner.

Prevent Fires On and Off Campus

​Fire kills Minnesota college students every year both on and off campus. Here are some basic campus fire safety tips:

  • Make sure there is a smoke alarm in every bedroom and on every level of the house if you live off campus.
  • Is your dorm equipped with an automatic fire-sprinkler system? Find out.
  • Know two escape routes out of your dorm or off-campus residence.

Check out our SFMD video on campus fire safety.

Use Extreme Caution When Using Generators During Power Outages

​Using a generator inside a home or any building during a power outage can cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak. Do not place a generator inside an enclosed or partially enclosed space even if the windows are open. Place you generator outside away from doors and windows. Carbon monoxide is found in fumes produced by portable generators and can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces and kill you within minutes. If you are using a generator, make sure your home’s CO alarms are working properly. Check out our CO alarm fact sheet for more information.

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Video Description: Get a behind-the-scenes look at a fire investigation in the latest video from our Mic’d Up series.
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