BRATTLEBORO -- Now that there have been a couple of sizable snow storms and the forecast is calling for some rain and warmer temperatures, the Brattleboro Fire Department encourages area residents to follow some simple safety tips to maintain a fire- safe home.

Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure that they are on all levels of your home. Have at least a three-foot safe zone around all heating equipment and turn heaters off when you leave the room. Chimneys should be cleaned regularly and inspected by a certified chimney sweep. Never discard ashes from a wood or pellet stove inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house. Plan and practice a home escape plan with your family. Make sure all doors from your house and business are shoveled out. Shovel snow off your roofs to lighten the weight and to clear all vents. All heating vents on the outside of your home should be clear of snow for proper ventilation.

Contact your local fire department for advice if you have a question on home fire safety. The Brattleboro Fire Department can be reached at 802-254-4831.