Spring cleaning time is here! Perhaps we all look forward to spring cleaning because it signifies a fresh start for us after the winter months. Spring cleaning can take on another meaning. It’s the ideal time to check our homes and yards for dangerous materials and unsafe conditions and to spend the time to protect our families and our properties.
Start by taking a few minutes to plan your safety clean up day. You will want to check each room in your house, including the attic, storage areas and even your yard.
Remove All Hazards. Check and correct things like:
- Frayed or damaged appliance cords, wiring, fuses or breakers.
- Remove piles of rubbish, trash and yard debris.
- Remove stacks of paper and magazines; take them to recycling centers.
- Check for water leaks, especially near electrical appliances.
- Check for good clearance between heating appliances and combustibles.
Properly Store Flammable Liquids and Home Chemicals.
- Make sure that gasoline and cleaning fluids are well marked and are out of the reach of children and pets. Store in a cool, dry place outside the house.
- Clean up work areas. Put dangerous tools, adhesives, matches or other work items away and out of any child’s reach.
- Inventory all home and yard chemicals, paints and poisons. Store them according to their label. Properly dispose of any that are expired or leaking or that look bad but don’t throw them in the trash or down the drain.
- Make sure that all chemicals are kept under lock and key and out of reach of children and pets.
Check Fire Protection and Safety Equipment. This is important!
- Check your smoke alarm. Do It Now while you are thinking about it. If you need one and can’t afford to buy one, call us. We’ll help you. If you need help checking or replacing a battery, call us. But most importantly, make sure your smoke alarm works. Be sure to change the battery in your smoke alarm when you change the time on your clocks.
- If you use any gas or wood burning appliances or heaters, install and maintain a Carbon Monoxide alarm too.
- Check fire extinguishers for proper type and placement.
- Make sure all doors and windows open easily for fast escapes.
- Can we find you in an emergency? Make sure your street numbers are posted properly and are visible. The fire department sells and installs reflective address signs that are great for quickly locating homes.
- Check and make sure you have a working flashlight and battery-powered radio for the approaching storm season.
Plan Your Escape Now
- Sit down with your family and make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.
- Make sure you have two ways out of every room and that you have a meeting place outside the house for the whole family.
- Practice the plan. Even the best plan is no good if you don’t practice it!
You can do a lot to protect yourself, your family and your property. In fact, you are the key to your safety. A little time spent on simple common sense prevention will do a lot to make your house a safer place. We are here to help you! Please call us and we will show you more ways that you can protect yourself all year long.
Right along with spring-cleaning comes open burning. North Carolina laws are very strict in regard to open burning. In fact the only items allowed to be burned are natural vegetation, limbs, twigs and yard debris that originate on the property. Absolutely no trash or building materials of any type may be burned, not even in burn barrels. A permit is required for all open burning, with the exception of small camp fires or outdoor fireplaces. The permits, available from the fire department at no charge, are issued for a maximum of 4 days and only allow burning between the hours of 8 A.M. and 6 P.M. The department may inspect the area before a permit is issued. Try to choose days that the smoke doesn’t bother a neighbor. The department may deny permits if conditions are not favorable for safe burning. Call the station for more information 441-6234 or see the section on Open Burning on this web site.