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Spring Clean for Fire Safety

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Spring cleaning for fire prevention

A home fire occurs every 85 seconds in the United States.* Follow our Spring Cleaning checklist to help protect your home and your family.

Declutter and create space: remove Fire Fuel

  • Garage cleaned of stored newspapers or other rubbish.
  • Remove outdoor debris or dead vegetation from around the house.
  • Good clearance between heating appliances and combustibles.
  • Flammables (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains) kept away from stovetop.
  • Dryer lint filters cleaned before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.

Fuel Storage

  • Dispose of oily or greasy rags or, if they must be stored, keep in labeled, sealed, metal containers.
  • Gasoline or propane stored outside home in a shed or detached garage.
  • Outdoor barbecue grill placed away from building, windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning units or vegetation.
  • Propane barbecue grill hose has no leaks and cracks. electric Safety
  • Check for frayed or damaged appliance cords, wiring, fuses or breakers.
  • Electrical cords are not running across doorways or under carpets.
  • Check for water leaks, especially near electrical appliances.

Plan your escape

  • Test smoke alarms. Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Smoke alarms, flashlights, radios, and carbon monoxide detectors have working batteries.
  • Fire extinguishers fully charged and placed for easy access.
  • All doors and windows open easily for fast escapes.
  • House address posted properly and easily visible for emergency responders?
  • Garage door opens manually, in case there is no power.

*National Fire Protection Association