Spring cleaning helps ensure your home is in order; however, you should also take some measures to ensure safety. For instance, fires might take place when least expected. Here are fire safety guidelines to incorporate into your spring-cleaning routine.
Fire Safety Checklist
- Kitchen: Always clean your stovetops and countertops immediately after food and oil spills. Keeping up with a cleaning schedule of your stovetop and oven can help prevent fires. Also, keep wooden utensils, oven mitts, towels, or other items that could easily catch fire away from the stovetop.
- CO and Smoke Alarms: Always replace the smoke alarm batteries at least once a month and test their functionality. Testing your smoke alarms will help to alert you and your family of a fire and keep you safe.
- Electrical Cords: Avoid running electrical cords across doorways or under carpets to prevent damage. Inspect these cords and if they are worn out, replace them.
- Grilling: Always clean the charcoal build-up or grease after using your grill. Check your hose, propane tank, and connection points for any leakage. If you smell gas, turn your burners and tank off immediately.
- Clothes Dryers: The major cause of dryer fires is excess lint. Ensure you clean all the lint accumulated around the drum and lint filter. Also, it is important during the spring cleaning that you clean out the dryer vent. You can easily do this with a shop vac or a dryer vacuum.
- Escape Plan: Always have an escape plan should a fire occur. This plan has a map that should show the escape routes in your home. Let everyone in your home learn this plan to be safe in case of any disaster.
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