Spring Safety Tips
Spring is often the best time to start cleaning the outside of our houses and driveways as people prepare for the warmer, dryer months ahead. It is also a good time to check that our safety devices are functioning properly. Following through on spring safety tips can help to prevent injuries.
- Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for batteries to ensure you will be notified of a fire or carbon monoxide leak.
- Follow best practices for power washing and ladder use when cleaning up the exterior of your house.
- Use lawnmower safety tips to prevent a lawnmower accident. Rake the lawn first to clear it of debris that could hurt your lawnmower or shoot out and cause injury.
- Ensure door locks are working and install deadbolts on all doors with access outside.
- Ensure garage door is working. Reset password for garage code.
- Install motion sensor outdoor flood lights to keep walkways safe and free of prowlers.
- Consider installing a home security system.
- Pick up fallen branches and debris from winter storms to clear your yard of tripping hazards.
- Prepare an emergency kit with first aid and food.
- Create and practice an emergency evacuation plan with your family.
- Walk around your property to inspect the condition of siding, the chimney and your roof; winter storms can cause damage.
- Check for loose, rotting or cracked patio, porch or walkway boards.
- Perform maintenance on your HVAC system before you turn the air condition on for the season.
- Check for cracks in the foundation.
- Check for leaking windows/skylights.
- Check faucets and drains for leaks.
- Check for mold buildup inside your house.
- Check your attic for insects and rodents.
- If your gas grill has been sitting over the winter check the burner jets for clogs and be sure that gas hoses and connections are in good repair.
Spring travel safety tips
If you are planning to travel this spring, do not post that you will be gone on social media. Have a neighbor, friend or family member check in on your house and pick up the mail while you are away. Garbage and recycling bins should also be put back into place. Call your bank and let them know that you will be away so they aren’t alarmed about spending outside of your normal area.
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