Safety Tips for Spring - Summer - Winter - Autumn

Always stay in the kitchen when cooking!

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Home and Fire Safety

Kitchen

  • Conduct a safety overview –check for fire or safety hazards
  • Thoroughly clean your range, including area under burner coils, grease on top and sides of stove.
  • Keep grease and oil containers off the cooktop.
  • Keep towels, pot holders, grocery bags, and any combustibles away from cooking surface.
  • Clean your oven!
  • Keep small kitchen appliances unplugged when not in use.
  • Know where your fire extinguisher is located. Be sure it’s in working condition. Get training if you don’t know how to use it.
  • Consider installing fire suppression canisters.
  • Keep matches and lighters stored high and away from children’s reach

Bathroom

  • Don’t leave dryer fan running for long periods. Turn off if leaving home.
  • Install grab bars and skid resistant mats in bathtubs, if needed.

Laundry Room

  • Do not use a dryer without a lint filter
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
  • Remove the lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. At least once a year, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and the machine is connected properly.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  • Be sure all detergents, pods and cleaning solutions are stored away from children

Garage

  • Be sure gasoline and other accelerants are stored in proper containers and away from combustible items
  • Store tools properly; off the floor.
  • Clear garage of clutter; make clear paths for walking or moving around.

General tips

  • Check smoke alarms regularly and change batteries (When you change your clocks, change your batteries)
  • Check for tripping hazards—rugs, extension cords
  • Keep stairs free from objects that may cause falls
  • Keep prescribed medicines in a central location (Rx or red bag). This helps first responders if they know what meds you’re taking.
  • Have emergency contact information visible on refrigerator.
  • Be sure your house number is visible.
  • Consider scheduling a Hands-Only CPR class with your HOA, church or civic groups.

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