Spring Cleaning – Don’t Forget These Fire Safety Risks
It’s the middle of the spring season and you know what that means – spring cleaning!
While most people look at spring cleaning as a chance to remove dust from hard-to-reach places, throw out old food sitting in their cupboards, and go through boxes stacked in their garage, it’s also important that you pay attention to fire safety. To help you out, we’ve compiled a few tips for you to follow:
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The first thing you want to do is ensure that your family can be warned in the event of a fire breaking out. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and test each one. Do the same with your carbon monoxide detectors, which will alert you of any gas leaks that could be harmful or fatal to your family. Also, make sure that these detectors are properly placed. Smoke detectors should be placed in each bedroom, in the hallway outside the bedrooms, and at least one detector on each floor (including any basement or attic). A single carbon monoxide detector should be placed on each floor, as well.
Make Your Kitchen Safe
Spills and clutter in your kitchen increase the likelihood of a fire breaking out or getting worse. You should clean up food spills right away to keep grease from collecting on your counters and stove, which can easily catch fire. So, if you missed any spots, now is the perfect time to clean them up. Also, clean up any clutter on your countertops or stovetops so that if a fire does start, it won’t have as much to keep it going.
Inspect Electrical Cords
Electrical cords can become damaged and frayed over time. This is especially true due to pets and pests that chew on the cords. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to check each and every cord in your house. If they show even the slightest damage, replace them immediately. Another safe practice is to limit the number of cords running from a single outlet (with the help of power strips and whatnot), as this can cause overloading to occur.
Clean Up the Clothes Dryer
Household fires are often caused by excess lint in a clothes dryer. Although cleaning should happen on a regular basis – as in, every time you run a load of clothes – this time of year is a great time to remove any lint that you’ve missed. And, to be safe, move combustible items such as boxes and clothing away from your dryer.
Take a Look at Your Grill
The first thing you should do with your grill is check all of its components for potential leaks – the propane tank, hose, and all connection points. Once that’s done, clean up any grease or fat build-up (which you should do every time you grill). This will decrease the risk of fire and your food will taste better.
Create an Escape Plan
No matter how careful you are, a fire may still break out (which is why you must have detectors, of course). Your family should have an escape plan already figured out. Print out a map of the house and post it in every bedroom, and then run a fire drill once a month. And, please don’t forget to make your pets a part of that plan.
Fire safety should always be a concern. By following the tips listed above, you’ll go a long way to keeping your friends and loved ones safe. And if you’ve experienced any sort of damage to your home, reach out to the repair and restoration experts at Abbotts Fire & Flood. We’ll help you get your life back on track.