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Make your home safe from the risk of fire

Any time of year can be the right time to make sure your home is as safe as possible from the risk of fire.

One simple way to start is to replace the batteries in each smoke detector in the home.

Smoke detectors are the first line of defense — every level of the home needs to have properly working smoke alarms.

It’s also important to install one in every sleeping area. Test each smoke alarm once a month.

Another step is to hire a professional to inspect and clean your home’s heating system — whether it’s a furnace, kerosene heater or wood-burning stove — and make sure it’s in good working condition.

Replace your furnace’s filter regularly — they’re inexpensive and can be picked up at your nearest home-improvement warehouse.

Never use fuel-burning appliances without proper ventilation — they produce toxic gasses such as carbon monoxide.

Keep any combustible items at least three feet away from any heat source and ensure that all heat sources have the proper guards installed to prevent burns.

Inspect electrical cords for frays or other damage.

Another increasingly popular option for homeowners is home fire-sprinkler systems.

Fire sprinklers help save lives by putting a small amount of water on the flames when the fire starts.

Fire sprinklers also can save money on insurance premiums. It’s an important option to discuss with builders during the home-construction process.

Today’s sprinkler heads can be blended into the home’s decor through the use of flat plates that conceal the head in the ceiling.

Should a fire break out in your home, stay low — the poisonous gasses produced in a fire are often the cause of death, not the fire itself.

Have an escape plan in place with two exit routes and practice it at least once a month with your family.

Communication is essential.

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