FAIRBANKS, Alaska - As temperatures cool down and Interior residents start heating their homes again, Governor Bill Walker has declared October to be 'Fire Prevention Month'.
According to the state, last year there were 805 house fires in Alaska.
Those fires caused 18 deaths, 52 injuries, 23 injuries to firefighters, and more than $26-million dollars in property damage.
The most common causes were unattended cooking, unsafe heating sources, and equipment malfunctions.
A substantial percentage of fatal fires took place in houses without working smoke alarms.
To keep your home safe, state officials advise that you check to make sure smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are installed and working.
They advise residents to never leave cooking unattended, and keep flammable materials away from sources of heat.
They also suggest that home heating devices and chimneys get cleaned and inspected every year by trained professionals.