Spring cleaning and fire prevention

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Spring is upon us and while many are enjoying the warm weather, it’s also a time to get things done, namely, spring cleaning. From a fire prevention point of view spring cleaning is also an ideal time to take extra precaution measures.

Among the things you should think about are:
1. Changing batteries in smoke detectors
2. Make sure you smoke detectors are not old (less than 10 years). And make sure you have them in all the right places: laundry room, kitchen, etc.
3. Test the smoke alarms
4. Clean the garage out, particularly old newspapers and flammable liqiuds that you don’t need.
5. Clean up old brush outside
6. Clean the vent pipe to your clothes dryer (buildup can lead to fires)
7. Keep the area around the dryer clear of things like old newspapers
8. Check electrical cords to make sure that they are not frayed or otherwise damaged
9. Repair damaged siding
10. Keep fire extinguishers charged if you have them.
11. Dispose of any leaky products, particularly those that are hazardous of flammable

Spring is also a time to review the family’s emergency plans, ie what your family will do in a fire emergency. If you don’t have one now is the time to create one.

Finally, did you know that you can link your fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to your smartphone? Nothing can make you feel safer.