Spring is a great time for cleaning, organizing and making sure your home is a safe place for you and your family. How safe is your house? Here’s a springtime safety checklist from the National Safety Council:
Test your smoke alarms.
It’s a good idea to change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year and to switch the units every 10 years.
Test your carbon monoxide detectors.
Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly. Replace older models every 5-7 years. Don’t have them? Install at least two in your home.
Check your fire extinguisher.
A standard recommendation is that you have an extinguisher for each floor of your home. Make sure you know how to use them. (Most people don’t.)
Make a family escape plan.
Does every person who lives in your home know what to do in the event of a fire? A family escape plan is a must for every household.
Make a family emergency plan.
Is your family prepared for a disaster? Get started at Ready.gov.
Check your first aid kit.
Do you have a first aid kit for your home? Replace any missing supplies – you never know when you may need them!
Clean out your medicine cabinet.
It’s a great time to dispose of any expired or unused medications. Don’t flush them down the toilet and contaminate the water supply; instead talk to your city or county government trash and recycling service, or your local pharmacist for proper medicine disposal in your area.