For many of us, now that the spring season is well underway, our thoughts are turning to the lengthy to-do lists we’ve made of spring cleaning and repair projects we have yet to tackle. But as we’re pulling out the mop bucket, sponges, screw drivers and hammers, let’s also carve out time to address home safety.
Smoke Alarms-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms-Test carbon monoxide (CO) alarms at least once a month and replace them if they fail to respond when tested. The sensors in CO alarms have a limited life. Replace the CO alarm according to manufacturer’s instructions or when the end-of-life signal sounds.
Escape Planning-Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of each level of the home. Show all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your household, including visitors. Go to each room and point to the two ways out. Practice the plan with everyone in your household, including visitors.
Clothes Dryer Safety-Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum. Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
NFPA has more safety tips that can help you through your spring cleaning tasks and safety checks. Once you’re done, you’ll have the satisfaction of a tidier home, and you’ll also feel safer.