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As it gets colder out, many may want to crank up the heat, but before you do, you may want to review your fire safety plan, to keep your family safe.

To prevent a fire tragedy like the one in Charleston that left seven children and two adults dead, it is recommended that people practice fire safety.  Fire officials recommend people have at least one smoke detector per floor and one close to bedrooms.

"When installing these, smoke detectors need to go high and carbon monoxide detectors do low," said Ryan Vaughn, a firefighter and paramedic with the Charleston Fire Department.

Detectors can be purchased for less than $30.

Vaughn also recommends having heating systems, fireplaces, and chimneys cleaned out; you can contact a professional, if you need assistance.

Fire officials recommend that you have an escape plan and that your review it with your family.