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The Lexington Fire Department is focused on building a strong relationship with the community.  Our community outreach initiatives provide a way for our department and citizens of Lexington to interact outside of the emergency setting.  Programs offered have shown to improve our public trust and give our firefighters a chance to know their neighbors better.  Look for more initiatives advertised here in the future.

 

For Fire Station Tours, contact:
Mike Mohler Fire Prevention Officer at 612-210-1348

email: michaelmohler20@gmail.com

Lexington Fire Department Demonstration

Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association
This brochure is a guideline on how to put together an extremely effective and low cost fire safe kitchen. The idea is to provide adequate knowledge with the right tools to assist in the prevention of devestating kitchen fires.

 

Home Fire Escape Planning

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and  practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out. Plan ahead for your escape.  

 

COOKING OUTDOORS

Many people like to celebrate summer by having a cookout with family and friends. With more outdoor cookouts and celebrations comes the increased risk of fires caused by grilling mishaps. Follow these tips to keep your summer cookouts fire free.

*  Make sure the space above your grill is clear of any overhanging                            branches & other flammable items.
*  Keep your grill away from your home and other buildings or structures.
*  Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away at all times.
*  For gas grills, always open the lid prior to lighting to prevent gas buildup.
*  Check the gas tank hose for potential leaks prior to use.
*  For charcoal grills, be sure coals are completely cooled before disposing                in a metal container.
*  Use utensils with long handles to prevent burns and splatters.                                 *  Keep an eye on your grill, don’t walk away when it is lit.

 

 

CAMPFIRE SAFETY

Pick Your Spot Wisely: Use existing fire circles or pits if available. Do not build a fire in dry or windy conditions, especially if there are fire restrictions in place (check with local authorities). Build fires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs, or other flammable materials.

Prepare Your Pit: Choose a spot for your campfire that is downwind from your tent and gear, and protected from wind gusts. Clear a 10-foot-wide diameter area around your site, and make sure there are no limbs or branches hanging over your pit. Always circle the pit with rocks, or use an existing fire ring.

Build A Campfire: Once you have a prepared pit, you are ready to build the campfire. It is recommended to use three types of wood. Tinder, which is made of small twigs, dry leaves or grass, will get the fire started initially. Kindling, consisting of twigs smaller than one inch around, will help to light the larger pieces of wood. Fuel—the large pieces of wood—will provide the heat and sustained flames once the tinder and kindling are consumed.

This is the most important step! EXTINGUISH THE FIRE: Campers need to properly maintain and extinguish campfires when going to bed or leaving the area. If possible, let the campfire burn down to ashes. Pour water on the fire to drown all embers, not just the red ones. Once this is done, stir everything in the pit with a shovel and test for heat with the back of your hand.

FIRE FACTS & ORDINANCES

July is the peak month for grill fires, 45% of home grill fires escalate to structure fires that begin on either a patio,deck,open porch or exterior balcony.
Roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns.

 

City of Lexington Ordinance Chapter 10 sect 10.40 subd 2

 

Recreational fires can only burn between 8:00 am and 2:00 am and no more than one recreational fire is allowed on any property at one time. 

Recreational Fire Site can be an area of no more than a three (3) foot diameter circle (measured from the inside of the fire ring or border); completely surrounded by non-combustible and non-smoke or odor producing material, either of natural rock, cement, brick, tile or blocks or ferrous metal only and which area is depressed below ground, on the ground, or on a raised bed. Included are permanent outdoor wood burning fireplaces. 

 
 

Lexington's Hydrant Helper Program
Hydrant Helpers is a program designed for kids to help the Lexington Fire Department save lives and property by keeping a fire hydrant clear of snow during the winter months.

Here are the details of the program:
By agreeing to help care for a hydrant during the winter months, you will help save the fire department precious minutes during a fire. The program is intended to keep the child's interest throughout the winter months, and your child's efforts will be rewarded in the spring with a certificate and a picnic at the Lexington Fire Department.

Contact Information:
Mike Mohler Fire Prevention Officer
Phone: 763-784-2792 or 612-210-1348

email: michealmohler20@gmail.com

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