Fire marshal Karen Facey has issued a list of 10 easy safety reminders for New Milford-area residents to consider at the start of the new year.

Here are 10 resolutions not to break, Ms. Facey states:

Check your smoke detectors monthly. A working smoke detector is the single most important step you can take to escape a fire;

Change your smoke detector batteries twice a year (do it now if you didn't at the last time change);

Develop an exit plan and practice it every three months;

Clean your dryer vents thoroughly at least once per year;

Clean your chimneys annually;

Purchase a new fire extinguisher, keep it near your kitchen, and make sure you know how to use it. Residents who would like a lesson are asked to call the fire marshal's office at 860-355-6099;

If you have heat tape installed on any pipes, check to make sure it is intact and not starting to fail;

Always avoid overloading outlets and electrical circuits;

Service your heating equipment and appliances annually;

And always keep matches and lighters away from children, use smoking materials safely (never smoke in bed), and keep candles away from curtains and placed so they cannot be knocked over.