43 people have died in fires in Minnesota already this year–up 39-percent compared with this time last year.

“The main causes that we’re still seeing out there–we’ve had five cooking-related fatalities and we’ve had 7 that are smoking-related.”

State Fire Marshal Jim Smith recommends staying in the kitchen to prevent cooking-related fires. And to prevent a smoking-related fire, Smith suggests smoking outside and extinguishing cigarettes in a sturdy ashtray filled with sand or water.