MANKATO-August 23, 2012-(KMKO)-Mankato fire officials are reminding residents to follow a few basic fire safety tips. Many suggestions involve smoking. You should encourage smoking outside and keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn. Never smoke in bed. Large, deep, non-tip ashtrays are best. Completely soak cigarettes and ashes with water before throwing them away. Cigarettes should not be thrown out a vehicle's window because it can cause a grass fire and potentially place people, homes and animals in danger. For more information call 387-8703.