Spring Clean for Safety

DF Safety Health and Safety Tips

With the official arrival of spring, most Albertans are rejoicing in the longer days, warmer temperatures, and the excitement of not having to shovel snow for at least awhile (fingers crossed!).  

As we get ready to spend more time outdoors, we want to remind you of some important safety tips to keep in mind over the next few weeks. Let’s discuss some ways you can spring clean your safety to help keep your family and home secure. 

  1. Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors: If you didn’t do this at the beginning of the month with the start of daylight saving, now is the time! Replace the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Test to ensure they are working properly. If you discover issues or if they are old and outdated, install new ones. Set a reminder to check and service your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. 
  2. Review or create emergency plans: Does your household have an emergency plan? Be sure to review and update if needed, including evacuation routes and meeting points. If you don’t have one, be sure to create an emergency plan and communicate with your family so that everyone understands what to do in the event of an emergency. Periodically review and practice your safety plan so you are prepared in case of an actual emergency. 
  3. Secure doors and windows: As the weather gets warmer and you are spending more time away from home, ensure that all your doors and windows are secure. Inspect the locks on windows and doors to make sure they are functioning and latching properly. Investing in a doorbell camera is a great extra security measure and will also help give you peace of mind when you aren’t home or travelling (plus, it is super convenient when you don’t want to answer your door!). 
  4. Remember outdoor lighting: Even though the days are getting longer, you don’t want to have a dark outdoor space! Check to see if your outdoor lighting is working correctly and replace any burnt out bulbs. Motion sensor lights, especially by your garage and back of the home, are a great option to help keep unwanted visitors away.  
  5. Check cords and appliances: Take some time to check all electrical cords for any fraying or damage. If you find issues, be sure to replace them as needed. While you’re at it, check your appliances for any signs or problems that might be safety hazard. 
  6. Declutter: It is likely that over the winter months you have accumulated some extra items or let things pile up. Declutter storage areas, especially those that store your water heater, closets, basements, and garages. 
  7. Check outdoor play equipment: Inspect your outdoor equipment for any damage or wear and tear. If repairs are required, make sure those are completed. In some cases, items may need to be recycled, discarded, or replaced. 

We want to make sure that you stay safe all year long. With these tips for spring cleaning your safety, we hope that you are equipped to enjoy the lovely weather ahead with friends and family all season long!