The sun has been shining and the snow is quickly melting. The sights and sounds of spring are everywhere, as we all begin to emerge from our winter hibernation! When you live in a province such as ours, these warm days are fleeting, and we truly soak up each moment (especially after a long, and cold winter). While we encourage you to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, we also suggest you check a few things around your home this spring to ensure you and your family stay safe this season. So, let’s discuss.
Clean your gas furnace
First thing is to replace your furnace filter. Even if you aren’t planning on using it as much in the coming months, since the mornings and evenings can still be chilly for a bit, make sure your furnace filter is fresh and clean. After your filter has been replaced, it is a good idea to vacuum any dust or another debris. This is also a good time to call in a professional to inspect your furnace to ensure it is in tip top shape and protect you from the release of carbon monoxide into your home.
Maintain your detectors
We typically suggest that you check the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide detectors with the start and end of daylight savings. However, if you forgot to do it then, now is the perfect time to do so. The last thing you want is to hear the beeping of the battery in the early hours of the morning (because we all know that’s when it usually happens!). While doing this step, give your detectors a thorough wipe down to remove any dust or build up. Check the expiration dates of them as well, to ensure the unit doesn’t need to be replaced.
Check your dryer
You should be cleaning out your lint trap after each use. However, even if you do this, it is a good idea to regularly clean your dryer. Move your dryer away from the wall and clean around and on all surfaces. You can use a vacuum hose attachment to give the lint trap and vent pipe a good cleaning. Is your lint filter clogged? You can clean this with a nylon brush and some clean water.
Tidy those cords
While you are doing your spring cleaning, investigate each room to make sure your cords are in good working order. You should check that none of your power cords are damaged or serve as a tripping hazard. If you find a cord with punctures, replace immediately.
Safely store cleaning products
If you have small children in your home, this is especially important! All cleaning products should be stored in a safe space, out of reach. If you do store your cleaning products in a cabinet within reach to little hands, use a safety lock on your cabinet to ensure children can’t access them. It is also a good idea to read all labels on cleaning products to make sure you are educated about chemical hazards.
Spring cleaning is not only important for giving your home a refresh in cleanliness and organization, but it’s also the perfect time to ensure your home is safe for everyone. A little time, and some elbow grease is exactly what the doctor (and DF Safety) ordered!