Fort Leonard Wood Fire Prevention Office has some fire safety tips to perform during your usual spring cleaning
Spring cleaning can be a busy affair, but it can also be a great time for checking for unsafe conditions in your home and ensuring that your family is safe from potential fire hazards. With that in mind, the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Prevention Office has some fire safety tips to perform alongside your usual spring cleaning routine. First, check for and correct frayed or damaged extension cords and wiring on all appliances. Vacuum and clean behind large furniture and appliances, but also lightly run a vacuum over smoke detectors and change the batteries to ensure proper operation. If you use a grill, make sure to thoroughly inspect it before each use, and place it at least 15 feet from buildings and overhangs. Store charcoal in a dry, cool location. Recycle old, unwanted newspapers, magazines, and mail, as they can pile up and contribute to the spread and severity of a fire. Remove leaves and trash from carports and garages. Make sure gasoline and home chemicals are well-marked and out of the reach of children and pets. Flammable chemicals in particular should be stored in a cool, dry area outside of the house or work area. Finally, make sure to sit down with family and discuss what to do in the event of a fire, and identify meeting places. Call the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Prevention Office at 573-596-0886 with any questions on fire safety in the home.