Excerpts from foxillinois.com:

Since January, more than 85 people in our state have died in house fires. A new study finds Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for states with the most fatal house fires. The study finds the biggest causes of fatal fires are smoking, cooking, and electrical malfunctions.

If you are a smoker, firefighters said to put cigarettes out in water or an ash tray.

Even though Illinois ranks high in the study, firefighters said their busy season, winter, hasn’t even hit. The biggest thing is to be prepared, so that if a fire happens in your home, you don’t lose your life.