Each year, the second week in October is recognized as Fire Prevention Week.

When you should take the time to make sure you have a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.

Also, if the date on your alarm is greater than 10 years, it is time to replace it. If you have one of the older smoke alarms and you don’t see a date on it, it’s definitely time to get a new one.”

If you’re lighting a fireplace to stay warm, make sure to clean your chimney out at the beginning of the season and burn older seasoned wood instead of freshly chopped.

If you’re using a furnace to stay warm, have the equipment inspected twice a year in order to avoid a fire.

Fire officials recommend that Idahoans take these safety precautions sooner rather than later, before the cold weather sets in.