January is the peak month for residential fires. When heating systems kick on, residential fires peak. Not so surprisingly, February and December follow close behind as peak months for residential fires, but keep in mind that fire safety is important all year long. Practice fire drills and check potential danger areas at least every 3 months, and always remember to test the batteries in your smoke detectors. Taking these precautions can drastically lower the risk of a residential fire occurring in your home.