This is a great time of year to test your smoke detectors. Write these dates on your calendar so you remember to check them again in six months.
Smoke detectors are an invaluable tool in helping you get out of a fire alive. Especially for night time fires. Make sure that your batteries are up to date. Many newer homes come with the smoke detectors wired in to the electrical system. However, they still need to have fresh batteries in the event the power goes out.
Also consider purchasing a carbon monoxide detector for your home. Some states have begun to require residences to have them. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is generated from burning fossil fuels. So if you have any type if heat besides electric, you are at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Place them close to the furnace, boiler, gas stove, wood burning stove, and close to your bedrooms.