The snow has melted and the plants and trees are budding and blooming! Spring is arriving and your thoughts may be turning to that ritual of spring cleaning. With it comes a reminder to keep your home safe from the threat of fire.
In an effort to make this “spring clean up” a fire safe one, the District’s Fire Marshal, Kurt Blanchard provides the following safety tips:
- Clean your garage of stored newspapers or other rubbish that can fuel a fire.
- Use outdoor barbecue grills with caution. Place them in a safe area away from building, windows, heating/air conditioning units or places with high/dead vegetation.
- Check your propane barbecue grill hose for leaks and cracks; never store propane indoors.
- Keep outdoor debris or dead vegetation away from the house.
This Spring is a great opportunity to increase the safety of your home and improve your family’s survivability in a fire by ensuring that smoke alarms are properly installed throughout your home.
Here are some ways you can better protect your loved ones:
- Test your smoke alarm monthly! Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
- Smoke alarms should be placed in the following locations:
- Inside every bedroom and outside every sleeping area.
- In basements, especially in storage areas that are not frequently occupied.
- At the top of each interior stairwell.
- If you have an attached garage, place a detector adjacent to the garage door, preferably a carbon monoxide detector.
- Batteries in smoke alarms should be replaced twice per year to assure that they will function properly. Do this each year at Daylight Savings Time (Spring & Fall).
- If you have gas appliances in your home, please assure that you have carbon monoxide detectors in all the rooms that contain those appliances.
- Remember, smoke alarms save lives and the next one could be yours. Please help us protect your family by doing your part today.
Source: N.F.P.A. & U.S. Fire Administration