Fire Prevention and Life Safety
The Delano Fire Department and Wright County Human Services do not conduct car seat inspections. Follow this link to find car seat checks near you.
It's the law
Minnesota seat belt law says that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must buckle up or be in the correct child safety seat. A seat belt ticket can cost more than $100. When transporting a child under age 8 or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches, use a child restraint appropriate for the child's height and weight.
Need a Car Seat?
Wright County Public Health has car seats available free of charge for families with low income or who cannot buy their own car seats for their children.
Additionally, children and pregnant women enrolled in Medical Assistance may be eligible to receive a free car seat through their health insurance provider.
Call/Text (763) 335-0280 to learn more or to schedule an appointment. Appointments can be made at the Wright County Government Center, Health & Human Services, 3650 Braddock Avenue NE, Suite 2100, Buffalo MN 55313.
A $10 donation to our Child Passenger Safety program is suggested.
Recycle Expired or Damaged Seats
Follow this link for information from Wright County Compost Recycling Facility on recycling expired or damaged car seats.
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
- The dangers of CO exposure depend on a number of variables, including the victim's health and activity level. Infants, pregnant women, and people with physical conditions that limit their body's ability to use oxygen (i.e. emphysema, asthma, heart disease) can be more severely affected by lower concentrations of CO than healthy adults would be.
- A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time.
- In 2016, local fire departments responded to an estimated 79,600 carbon monoxide incidents or an average of nine such calls per hour. This does not include the 91,400 carbon monoxide alarm malfunctions and the 68,000 unintentional carbon monoxide alarms.
- Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2017, 399 people died of unintentional non-fire carbon monoxide poisoning.
Get to know Carbon Monoxide Alarms
NFPA Toolkit: Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Devastating home fires are all too common. By taking fire precautions at home, you could help prevent the fire before it starts. Common, everyday tasks that typically go unnoticed can ultimately be the cause of a house fire. To help eliminate any fear that you and your family have, it’s important to invest in the proper fire safety equipment that will alert you in the case of an emergency.
More information can be found on the National Fire Protection Association Website.
What are the top fire causes?
Cooking was the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in 2015-2019 and the second leading cause of home fire deaths. Cooking caused 49 percent of reported home fires, 20 percent of reported home fire deaths, and 42 percent of home fire injuries. In 2019, Thanksgiving was the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 44,210 fires involving heating equipment per year in 2016-2020, accounting for 13% of all reported home fires during this time. These fires resulted in annual losses of 480 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries, and more than $1 billion in direct property damage
Electricity helps make our lives easier but there are times when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted. NFPA actively supports National Electrical Safety Month, an annual campaign in May sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), which works to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards, the importance of electrical fire safety, and the safety of electrical workers. To help reduce your risk, NFPA and ESFI recommend that you have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician, including electrical inspections, when buying or remodeling a home. In the video below, Brett Brenner, President of ESFI, offers tips residents can follow to help keep homes safer from electrical fires, in this age of smart home technology.
Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 16,500 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2016. These fires caused 660 deaths, 1,060 injuries, and $372 million in direct property damage. Smoking materials caused 5% of reported home fires, 23% of home fire deaths, 10% of home fire injuries, and 6% of direct property damage.
From 2015-2019 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 7,400 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 90 deaths, 670 injuries and $291 million in direct property damage.
A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives, but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely.