Following are a few cleaning items to add to your to-do list to help prevent residential fires.
Make sure there are fresh batteries in your fire detector and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices should be tested often to ensure that they are working properly, and each spring is a good time to swap out the batteries as a precaution.
Check to make sure that the electrical sockets are in orderl surge protectors in the home to be sure everything is safely plugged in.
Be sure to check the dryer vent for debris/lint. Dryer vents cause a large majority of residential fires, however, it is possible to prevent a potentially costly and damaging fire by clearing out these vents on a regular basis.
Double check to be sure there is a kitchen fire extinguisher in close proximity. If you keep a fire extinguisher under the sink, check the expiration date to make sure it is current. If there is a vent or a hood over your stove, be sure the vents are properly cleaned out.
Taking these extra steps as you clean your home this spring will go a long way towards preventing common causes of residential fires.
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