Almost two-thirds of victims who die in fires do so because the homes had no working smoke detector, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
With furnaces and even fireplaces starting to heat up this season, local fire departments are doing their part to educate homeowners in the hopes of preventing more deaths.
In Indianapolis, that means a 'smoke detector blitz'.
In partnership with State Farm Insurance, members of the Indianapolis Fire Department this month are supplying neighborhoods in need with free smoke detectors.
But even for those with smoke detectors already in the home, maintenance goes a long way toward prevention of deadly fires.
In fact, according to the NFPA, a working smoke detector significantly increases the chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
With that in mind, battery powered smoke alarms should be tested on a regular basis and batteries replaced at least once a year.
Those hardwired into a home's electrical system should be tested monthly and the battery backup replaced once a year.
Smoke detectors should be on every level of the home, including the basement, advises the NFPA.
Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning so the US Fire Administration recommends placing the alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.