Spring is a time to declutter and get rid of unneeded “stuff” that has accumulated as well as deep cleaning certain areas of your home.
However, there’s one other key benefit and purpose spring cleaning can have: preventing fires at home.
Sure, once you’re done with spring cleaning, you’ll have a tidier home, but if approached properly, you’ll also walk away with a safer home.
Here are some tips to ensure you’ve addressed any potential fire hazards in your home:
- Safety Device Check: It’s important to check both the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are not out of date and that they are functioning properly in case of an emergency. If needed, replace batteries. Smoke detectors older than 10 years are due to be replaced, while carbon monoxide detectors are replaceable after seven years. Don’t forget to also check to make sure your fire extinguisher is also in working condition.
- Be Mindful of Electrical Outlets & Cords: Make sure all electrical outlets and power strips are clean and are not covered. Inspect cords and outlets for any cracks, chips or exposed wires. If found, repair or replace.
- Deep Clean Your Stove: While cooking using your stove, it’s natural to begin to have grease build up. In order to prevent a future fire hazard, it’s important to never let grease build up.
- Don’t Forget The Dryer: Add cleaning lint out of your dryer to your spring cleaning checklist. Beyond the lint trap, make sure to clean out the area that you pull the trap out of as lint can also build up there, too. Clear and remove any lint that may have accumulated in the vent pipe as well.
- Decluttering Is Key: It’s easy for items to accumulate in your home. The key is to get rid of any unneeded items. Not only can clutter be a fire hazard, but in some instances, it can also block emergency exits, which is very dangerous and a major no-no.
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