Spring cleaning means different things to people. Some individuals focus on decluttering their closets, and others prefer to spruce up their mulch beds. Few turn their attention to fire prevention, but spring is a good time to put fire safety on the to-do list. Here, the Eureka Fire Protection District shares three spring cleaning practices that can reduce the risk of a home fire.
1. Check Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Test your smoke alarms, and replace any device that is ten years old or older. 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 these detectors are correctly placed.
2. Check Dryer Vents and Clean the Hosing
Ensure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted, and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer operates. Clean the lint filter. Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing.
3. Check the Cords on Your Appliances
Inspect your appliance cords and electronic wiring for wear and tear. Replace any cables with cracks or frays.
About the Author:
Eureka Fire Protection District is an EMS, Fire, and Rescue service provider located in Eureka, Missouri. Staffed with nearly one hundred volunteer and career Paramedics, EMTs, Firefighters, Junior Firefighters, and administrative teams, the department provides its local community with fire prevention, education, safety resources, and emergency relief. Eureka Fire Protection District maintains a reputation as a well-run, high-performing fire department by keeping up to date with the latest in life-saving training and technology.