Spring cleaning time is here again. Remember, a clean house is a safe house. Remember that trash, boxes, piles of clothes and other combustibles in the home are fuel for fire. Getting rid of them will help reduce the chance of fire in your home.
Clean out storage areas such as garages, attics, closets, sheds and basements on a regular basis. Even warehouses are limited to the amount of storage they can safely keep. Don't allow areas in your home to become tempting fuel for a fire. Throw away or giveaway items you are no longer using. Clutter gives fire a place to start and creates obstacles that might prevent a safe escape.
Oily rags can ignite without a heat source because they produce their own heat. Throw them out or store them in the closed metal container. This includes dusting rags used with a furniture polish or spray.
Spring and summer time present the return of several seasonal fire hazards with activities shifting outdoors.
Among the most common involve cooking grills, wooden decks, and use of gasoline and other flammable liquids.
As we many begin the cleaning and clearing the debris that accumulated over the winter month, it's recommend that all should add home fire safety to their list.
To assist in fire proofing the home during the spring season consider the following fire safety tips:
* Check and clean your smoke alarm. Replace batteries in smoke alarms.
* Check and clean your Carbon monoxide alarm. Replace batteries in Carbon monoxide alarms.
* Check your fire extinguisher.
* Make sure electrical electrical outlets and extension cords are not overloaded.
* Have air conditioning units and other electrical appliances checked by a licensed professional
* Clear your basement and attics from old papers, oily rags and broken furniture.
* Make sure all fire exits or escapes routes that are indicated in your fire escape are clear of any debris and are not blocked off.
* Inspect your charcoal gas grills.
* Spread mulch at least a foot away from the house with a not combustible barrier in between, such as rock.
* Know when and how to call for help. And remember to practice your home escape plan.
* Finally, when you are finishing spring cleaning make sure all cleaning products are stored in child safety latched drawers and cabinets with the original labels.
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