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Spring Safety Tips

2/5/2023 (Permalink)

Spring is finally here, and it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. Spring can also be a dangerous season for accidents involving fire. Here are some tips to help you stay safe this spring. Take safety precautions when working indoors and out.

Ladder Safety

Practice outdoor safety when working outside. Use a ladder or other safe equipment safely to prevent fall and slip hazards. Wear protective clothing and footwear when working outdoors. Do not use power tools in wet weather. Don't work alone, especially if you have a disability or health condition that could impair your ability to get away in an emergency.

Practice maintenance of your lawn mower

Always make sure that your lawnmower is in good working order before use. It's a good idea to mow the lawn when the grass is dry, and always wear safety goggles. Don't mow wet grass, and also avoid operating your machine during windy conditions.

Check outdoor grills frequently

Check outdoor grills and flammable liquids often for leaks. Keep grills away from all open flame and never leave a grill unattended. If you're going to be gone for more than an hour and can't put it on "low" or "warm," consider bringing it in and storing it in an area that's cool and dry.

Never store flammable liquids near the grill where flames could potentially be present and cause a fire. Keep combustible items away from all heat sources, including appliances like toasters and space heaters. Don't leave cooking food unattended.

Gasoline and Propane

Another important safety tip is to ensure that you keep gas and propane in a safe place. Never store these flammable liquids near any appliance that uses fire, such as the water heater or furnace. Also make sure to keep it out of reach of children and pets.

Disposing of Hot Ashes

Keep in mind when disposing of hot ashes, to not just dump them in a plastic garbage can. They can stay hot for days and potentially cause materials in the trash to catch fire. Put the hot ashes in a metal container outside, at least three feet away from the house to be safe. Make sure the metal container is tightly covered and the lid doesn't have any openings.

Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy the weather! It is also important to make sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions to stay safe! Whether you’re working on your lawn or cooking dinner, always be aware of how flammable materials that are stored or used near heat sources. Always remember that even something as simple as ashes can pose a threat when they are not disposed of properly. 

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