This Morning: Spring into cleaning with fire safety tips


With sunnier skies on the way many get into a spring cleaning mode to get rid of all the unwanted clutter.

With homeowners itching to get outside or do a little tidying up, Delta Township Fire Inspector, Mike Roberts wants you to keep 5 things in mind.

  1.  Test your smoke alarms

“Smoke alarms are only good for 10 years, so if your smoke alarms are older than 10 years make sure to have them replaced,” says Roberts.

Roberts says spring is a good time to check detectors in each room to make sure they’re working.

      2. Remove lint from the dryer when doing laundry

“Make sure you get it cleaned, make sure you clean the exhaust on the outside so that no lint gets built up because lint is very combustible and can burn quickly,” says Roberts.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, that lint is the leading cause of why dryers catch on fire.

Which means, not cleaning out your vent can set you up for a dangerous situation.

      3. Take a look at your fireplace

“That’s where a lot of house fires from chimneys happen. Because that creosol will start burning through your ventilation,” says Roberts.

Doing an inspection in the spring can show early detection of structure damage or carbon monoxide poisoning.

     4. Pay attention in the kitchen 

“Making sure that your handles are moved in so nobody can reach up and grab the handle.. pull something down burning and scald them or burn them,” says Roberts.

Roberts says cooking is the number one reason your home might catch on fire.

He says it’s better to be safe than sorry.

     5. Before setting up that backyard fire pit, remember the rules

“Making sure that your bonfire is at least 25 feet away from any combustible construction or your home,” says Roberts.

He urges homeowners to remember these things while cleaning or getting ready for summer.

Because along with preventing a fire, it could also save your life.

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