Spring Cleaning Safety Checklist

March 20, 2019

When you are making your Spring cleaning checklist, you will most likely have a number of things that will spruce up your home. What you may forget to include are things that will improve your safety.

Use this checklist to keep your home and everyone in your household safe! After going through these chores, be sure to contact us for a free home security consultation.

We can help you identify things that might be compromising your security, and then come up with practical solutions for solving them.

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1. Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke detectors should be checked regularly. It is recommended that they are checked twice each year. Use a can of smoke detector test aerosol, spray a fine mist just in front of each smoke detector, then wait to see if an alarm sounds. Once you have determined that it is operating properly, press and hold the test button to check the battery strength.

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Carbon monoxide detectors should be checked by a professional, as there are not any accurate home tests. You can, however, check the strength of your batteries by pressing and holding the test button to check for a beep. If your carbon monoxide detector is more than five years old, you should consider replacing it.

You may want to consider monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that add an extra level of protection for you and your family.

2. Check Fire Extinguishers

First, make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home, especially in the kitchen. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher, and recharge or replace as needed. You should also make sure your fire extinguisher is mounted in an easily accessible location and that there are no obstructions surrounding it. Be sure that each member of your family knows how to use it properly.

3. Update First Aid and "Bug Out" Kits

While you are Spring cleaning and going through old items, be sure to go through your home's first aid kit for items that are missing or have expired. Replenish the empty medications or bandages so your kit is fully stocked in time of an emergency.

You should do the same check-up with your bug-out bag, or create one if you haven't done so already. What is a bug-out bag? It is a portable emergency kit that contains all essentials items necessary to survive for at least 72 hours in an emergency or disaster scenario. At a minimum, you should have enough non-perishable food items and water for each of your family members to survive for three days. Important items which should also be included in this bag are first aid supplies, a whistle, a flashlight, batteries, and a battery operated radio.

4. Review Emergency Preparedness Plans

Your home needs a plan for an emergency and it must be practiced so the entire household knows what to do in case something happens. If you need help creating a plan, please visit Ready.gov

Your emergency preparedness plan may no longer be effective if your circumstances have recently changed. You may also have forgotten what was in your plan if it has been some time since you last looked at it. Go over your plan with your family and update information to ensure that it is accurate and that everyone thoroughly understands how it is supposed to work.

5. Clean Out Your Medicine Chest

Many medications inside your medical cabinet may have expired along with your first aid supplies. Contact your local pharmacy or poison control center to dispose any medications you need to sort, as many of them cannot be simply thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet.

6. Replace Filters

Your HVAC and air-filtration systems need attention too! Replacing air filters will help you better manage the allergens that are so prevalent during springtime. You may find that a great deal of dust and debris have accumulated during the winter months, in which case changing the filters on your range hood, vacuum, and refrigerator are recommended as well.

7. Schedule A Check-Up For Pets

Flowers aren't the only thing that are back in Spring. Fleas and tick season has begun! Now is the best time to schedule your annual check-up for your furry family members to make sure they are staying nice and healthy! You should include year-round preventive heart-worm medication, as well as flea and tick control medication in this visit. This should help keep both your pets and your home pest free!

After performing these chores, be sure to contact Absolute Protection Team for a home security evaluation. We can help you identify things that might be compromising your security, and then come up with practical solutions for solving them.

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