December 21, 2017 10:55 AM
Fire deaths are on the rise in Minnesota.
So far in 2017, 56 people have died in fires or as the result of injuries sustained in a fire. That number is a 30 percent increase over last year's total of 43, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
The state fire marshal said the holidays can be a deadly time of year in Minnesota.
"We just want people—with the holiday season and all the cooking and all the heating, it's going to get cold in the next week or so—to be careful, be aware," State Fire Marshal Bruce West said. "Stay in the kitchen when they're cooking and just be safe."
West said the leading causes of fires in Minnesota are cooking and heating. Meanwhile, the leading cause of fire deaths is actually careless smoking.
The DPS has advised Minnesotans to follow several steps in preventing fires:
Updated: December 21, 2017 10:55 AM
Created: December 21, 2017 09:58 AM
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