Winter brings more structural home fires than any other season, so it's crucial to make sure you are prepared for any issues.

Before winter begins, go through your home and make sure there are smoke detectors for every bedroom, hallway and floor. Even if you already have enough detectors, test each one and replace their batteries if necessary.

While you test your alarm system, create a escape plan with your family. These precautions will keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of a blaze.

A home inspection can provide additional peace of mind this holiday season and ensure your electrical and heating systems are functioning properly. Stay tuned for more tips on how to improve your home this winter.