Spring Cleaning and Fire Safety
Spring is upon us, and you know what that means… Spring cleaning! My mom used to threaten that if I didn’t keep my room clean, I’d likely get lost and die in my own mess. Turns out… she might have been right! So as we begin to shake off the winter and dive head first into the spring cleaning list, keep safety in mind. It’s what mom would want.
Take some time to check your smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm reduces the chances of dying in a reported fire by half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead. Almost one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures was due to dead batteries, reported by NFPA’s “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires”. Check your batteries, and test your alarm. The importance of working alarms cannot be overstated!
Watch this video to learn basic smoke alarm safety tips.
This is also a good time to go over your fire escape plan with your family.
Every home fire escape plan is different, and every family should know who will and who won’t awaken at the sound of the smoke alarm. If your family doesn’t have a fire escape plan visit: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/escape-planning. Also, you can download Ener-Tel’s Family Fire Escape Plan worksheet here.
Finally, take a little time to clean your clothes dryer.
This is always sort of a punchline to a joke, but the lint in your dryer really can catch fire. For help on maintaining your clothes dryer and what to look for, click here.
Try not to take on all tasks alone. Get the family involved and make it fun! Happy Spring Cleaning!