Be ready for house fires

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- We frequently talk about being safe when it comes to wildfires in our area, but the Grand Junction Fire Department is reminding you how important it is to be just as prepared for fires that start inside your home too.

"Every home fire I've ever been to, nobody ever thought it was going to be there house," Ellis Thompson-Ellis with the Grand Junction Fire Department, said.

They say around daylight savings time is a great time to check those smoke alarms. You want to be able to hear your alarm from all of the rooms in your house, and you want it to be loud enough to wake you up. Most fatal house fires happen at night.

The fire department also says you need to replace your smoke alarm every ten years, you can see the expiration date printed on the alarm if you take it out of the wall, and you need to test those alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button on the outside.

"Making sure that your detectors are up to date, batteries are working and they're in a place that if a fire happens at night they will wake you and your family up are the most important things you can do," Thompson-Ellis said.

Other ways to stay safe are to "close your doors, before your doze," and to plan a meeting spot should your family need to evacuate.