Spring Fire Safety Tips

Inside the home:

  • Check and clean your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check your fire extinguishers.
  • Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords.
  • Check and clean filters above stove.
  • Prepare for storm related outages.  Make sure your flashlights and portable radios have batteries and that other supplies such as bottled water are stocked and available.
  • Practice exit drills with your family so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents.
  • Pull refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.
  • Recycle: get rid of old newspapers, magazines and junk mail. These items tend to pile up and can contribute to the severity and spread of fire.
  • Windows should be checked to ensure they open and close properly, in case they are needed as an exit.
  • Always keep stairs and landings clear for safe evacuation in event of an emergency.

Outside and around the yard:

  • Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street.
  • Clean up yard debris. Cut back dead limbs and grasses.
  • Maintain a clear 'fire zone' of 10 feet around structures.  Clean up leaves and debris and consider using stone or non-combustible mulches.
  • Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances.
  • Get your BBQ grill cleaned and serviced.  Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage.
  • Keep 100 feet of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use.
  • View the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) videos on barbecue safety:

In the garage or shed:

  • Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals
  • Check fuel containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.
  • Have all power equipment cleaned, serviced and ready for use.
  • Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside.

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