Al's' 23-year-old son, Scott, was one of three UW-Stout students who died in an off-campus house fire on April 5, 2008, while they slept in separate upstairs bedrooms of a duplex at 1415 Eighth St. E. in Menomonie. The blaze was reported at 3:30 a.m.; within 23 minutes the three were pronounced dead at a local hospital ... Read More
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A few key things to be on the lookout for before you sign your first lease.

Learn how to install a smoke detector.

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Older Homes:

  • Check the wiring in your house, apartment or mobile home. If it is very old, damaged, or wired incorrectly it can cause a fire
  • Outlets should accommodate 3-prong ground plugs without the use of an adapter
  • Wire connections should be made tightly with UL-approved wire connectors
  • Fuse boxes or breaker panels should be clean and easily accessible
  • Basements are NOT fireproof

Space Heaters:

  • Space heaters are intended for short-term supplemental heat in areas where people are working or playing
  • If you must use a space heater, use a quality heater
  • Make sure that the heater has a thermostat that will turn it off once the area is warm and that is has an emergency shut off that will turn it off if it tips over
  • Keep the heater at least 3-feet away from any other objects
  • NEVER use a space heater to dry clothing. NEVER allow anyone to hang clothing over a space heater
  • Avoid using extension cords with space heaters
  • Keep the power cord away from traffic paths


  • Blow out burning candles before leaving the room. NEVER leave unattended
  • Place all burning candles on a solid, non-combustible surface, well away from curtains, open window and combustible decorations


  • Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash
  • If you smoke, smoke outside
  • Wherever you smoke, use deep, sturdy ashtrays

Purchasing and Installing Fire Safety Equipment:

Get smoke alarms that can sound fast for both a fire that has flames, and a smoky fire that has fumes without flames. They are called “Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms.”


  • Assign a non impaired event monitor
  • Clean up immediately after parties and take all the trash outside