Fire prevention week starts Sunday October 7, 2018. According to the National Fire Protection Association on average 7 people die each day from home fires. 

Ernest Parsons is the Beckley City Fire Marshall. He said its important to make sure that your smoke detectors are working properly. 

“You should check that at least once a month there is a test button on them that you can press to make sure they work. And you need to change the batteries at least once a year. And you should do that according to the manufactures instructions some of them take different types of batteries. So it is important to pay attention to what type of battery you put in it,” Parsons said. 

Parsons also said that most house fires start in the kitchen when people leave food unattended when cooking. 

Fire Prevention week runs from October 7 until October 13. For more tips and information on fire prevention visit Fire Prevention