Now is the time for some spring cleaning!
Try to get rid of the clutter inside and outside your home. While clutter does not start fires, it can become fuel for a fire.
Household and pool chemicals, paints, and poisons should be marked and stored away from children. Common household chemicals can start a fire.
Keep your yard in good shape – trim bushes, plants, and trees. This will help so the fire does not spread so quickly. Check the area where kids play – make sure there are no sharp objects lying around the yard.
Clean up work areas by putting tools and other work items away from children. Do not keep stacks of newspapers and magazines – that is fuel for the fire.
Check your barbeque grill for leaks and cracks and be sure to store any propane tanks at least 10 feet away from your house and garage. Grills should also be at least 10 feet from buildings or wooden decks.
Test all your smoke alarms to make sure they are working. Change the batteries at least once every year. If your smoke alarm is over 10 years old, it may not work correctly. The heat and smoke sensors will start to go dead. Replace your smoke alarms after 10 years.
Spring cleaning can improve the safety of your home and family.