"Spring" Into Fire Safety

Keep these tips in mind as you clean this spring!

  • Remove all hazards. Check and correct things such as frayed or damaged appliance cords, wiring, fuses or breakers. Address piles of rubbish, trash and yard debris. Remove stacks of paper and magazines; take them to recycling centers.

  • Check for water leaks, especially near electrical appliances.

  • Check for adequate clearance between heating appliances and combustibles.

  • Properly store flammable liquids and home chemicals. Make sure that gasoline and cleaning fluids are well marked and are out of the reach of children and pets. Store in a cool, dry place outside the house.

  • Clean up work areas. Put dangerous tools, adhesives, matches or other work items away and out of any child's reach. Make sure that all chemicals are kept under lock and key and out of reach of children and pets.

  • Take caution when using different cleaners. Mixing cleaners together can cause toxic fumes. Always read the label before using product.

  • Check fire protection and safety equipment. Test your smoke alarms.Make sure all doors and windows open easily and are accessible for fast escapes.

  • Make sure your street numbers are posted properly and are visible.

  • Check and make sure you have a working flashlight and battery-powered radio for the approaching storm season.

  • Plan your escape. Sit down with your family and make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire by designing a home escape plan. Make sure you have two ways out of every room and that you have a meeting place outside the home for the whole family.

  • Practice the escape plan. Even the best plan is no good if it’s not practiced.

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