If you haven't done so already it's time to check your smoke detector. This time of year firefighters respond to fires caused from heaters and fireplaces. They want to make sure that your home is updated with a working smoke alarm.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration nearly 3,000 people die from home fires each year and two thirds of home fire deaths result from homes without a working smoke alarm.
Every year here in Texoma homes are destroyed because the one thing that could tell a homeowner there is a fire in their house 24 hours a day didn't have a battery in it; or there wasn't even a smoke detector inside the home.
"Any of the stores in town carry smoke detectors and they're inexpensive and many just require a battery," said Matthew Childs, Fire Equipment Operator with the Wichita Falls Fire Department.
It's recommended that smoke detectors be on every level in your home and in every bedroom or at the very least in a hallway that connects the sleeping areas.
"A lot of older homes, different areas of town, people just don't have smoke detectors
or they have them but they haven't changed the batteries in them," said Childs.
Smoke detectors are easy to install and with proper maintenance they last nearly 10 years. It's a small investment for a life saving tool.
You can find smoke detectors at stores for $10 and up.
If your family is in need of a smoke detector some area fire departments Newschannel 6 spoke with have programs in place that allow homeowners to receive one for free. All you need to do is contact them.