The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division is participating in the statewide Winter Hazard Awareness Week campaign, which takes place November 6-10.

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division is participating in the statewide Winter Hazard Awareness Week campaign, which takes place November 6-10.

    Winter Hazard Awareness Week is promoted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management.      

   This week allows Minnesotan’s an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the hazards we face each winter season. These hazards include dangers from winter weather, dangers from heating sources, and ventilation issues, just to name a few.

    Each day of the week has a hazard topic.

    Wednesday’s topic addresses winter fire safety. During the winter season there is usually an increase of structure fires. Reasons for the increase in structural fires includes holiday lights, holiday displays, and using alternative heating sources. To help prevent fires, keep decorations at least three feet from heating sources, and remember to check your furnace and chimney’s to ensure they are operating properly.