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It's fire prevention week across the country, and taking some steps towards keeping fires from starting can make you much safer in the long run.

"Prevention's the most important part, especially with young children. If we can get to them when they're young and get the idea in their head that setting fires is a bad deal," said Clarksburg Fire Inspector Danny Hamrick.

Hamrick said there are a few easy things that can be done so that fire trucks don't ever have to visit your home or business. With the winter season coming up, he recommends being sure that all heating equipment you plan to use is in good shape.

"You want your furnace checked out by a professional to make sure it's in proper working order. If you're going to use space heaters, make sure you use them properly. Keep them away from flammables and of course away from curtains and away from walls," Hamrick said.

And at any time of the year, having working alarms, including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, can play a role in saving your life.

Having a fire extinguisher can be helpful, too, but Hamrick said people should know how to use one before relying on one to stay safe.

"What I wouldn't suggest is for somebody untrained to spend a lot of time trying to put a fire out with a fire extinguisher. I'd rather see them call for professional help," Hamrick said.

If you'd like to learn more about operating a fire extinguisher or more tips for fire safety, you can contact your local fire department.