Spring is right around the corner and with it comes everyone’s favorite spring time activity. As you start your spring cleaning remember to add a few safety items to your list. Simple things like checking for water leaks or changing the batteries in your fire alarms can enhance the safety for your family. Here are a few items to remember.
Use healthy cleaners that are less toxic or increase the ventilation in the room you are cleaning. Buildup of fumes can lead to respiratory problems for you, your family or your pets.
Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors annually and check to make sure they are operational at least once a month.
Replace your furnace filter about every 3 months.
Check your fire extinguisher’s expiration date and replace if needed.
Look for water leaks around your sinks, toilets, and water heaters. The sooner you find a problem the less damage there will be.
Check your electrical outlets for any frayed wires or worn out plugs. Worn or inexpensive cords can lead to a fire. Purchase appliance grade cords that are thicker than the little white ones.
Invest in a fireproof safe to store important documents and pictures.
Backup your computer to save important files and pictures. There are many ways to backup including a separate hard drive or a cloud service that keeps your system updated automatically.