It is now National Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday and runs through October 13.
"In the state of Alaska, fire is a serious public safety concern," according to a press release from the state Division of Fire and Life Safety.
In 2017, there were 799 residential structure fires in Alaska, 18 died in those fires, and more than 50 people were injured, including 31 firefighter injuries. Property losses were estimated to be over $33.6 million.
State Fire Marshal David Tyler says Alaskans can protect their homes and families by using simple fire prevention measures, such as supervising cooking and being cautious of electric heaters and wood stoves.
“The vast majority of the injuries and deaths experienced in Alaska due to fires were preventable and that is simply unacceptable. We can do better,” Tyler said.
The 2018 national slogan for Fire Prevention Week is "LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere."