Muskoka Fire Prevention Officers are asking the public to make a life-saving New Year’s Resolution. With the new year less than two weeks old, there have already been a total of six deaths in Ontario largely due to no smoke alarms in the house. The fire officials say they are advocating everyone test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as practice a home fire escape plan every month.

Huntsville Lake of Bays Fire Chief Stephen Hernen says those three things are critical to giving you and your family the best chance of surviving an emergency in your home. He also notes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have a shelf life of around seven to 10 years, so if yours is older than that, or you don’t know how old it is, Hernen says it’s time to buy a new one.