The Chattanooga Fire Department kicked off Fire Prevention Week on Monday. The department is focusing on what people can do to keep their homes safe during this dry season.

Fire Marshal Chief William Matlock is calling on the community during this year's Fire Prevention Week. He hopes people will step up to prevent house fires.

"When we go in we know what we're prepared for, we know what to look for,” he said. “We take care of ourselves, we want to make sure that they take care of themselves."

Chief Matlock says there are some common fire starters to keep an eye on.

"Don't leave candles lit and not attended. Make sure when you cook that you stay with your food. Especially with the holidays coming up,” he said.

As the seasons change, another priority is furnaces and heat devices that go unnoticed during the summer.

"What happens over the summer time is people tend to push furniture back, or things scoot back against them,” he said. “So make sure you're always keeping clearance around other heat producing equipment."

Matlock also recommends monthly smoke alarm checks and coming up with a home escape plan. He says that's the best way to prepare for the worst.

"Fire prevention is everything so again it's your family's safety, so in my mind you can't prepare enough for that,” Matlock said.

If you don't already have a smoke alarm in your home and you live in the city of Chattanooga, the fire department will install one for you free of charge. They can be reached at 423-643-5618.