FREDERICK, Md. (KR) Spring cleaning and starting fresh is an annual ritual for many people, but it can take on another meaning as well. The State Fire Marshal’s Office says, it’s also an ideal time for Marylanders to clean up unsafe materials around the house that could cause a fire.
Senior Deputy, Bruce Bouch says, there are several different materials that could be hazardous to a home.
“Fire is everybody’s fight. It’s not just the responsibility of the fire department to come and put a fire out. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure a fire is prevented to begin with. So you want to make sure you eliminate clutter, eliminate frayed wires. Make sure your smoke alarm and carbon-monoxide detectors are operating properly and they’re less than 10 years of age. The just always keep in mind fire safety practices everyday,” said Bouch.
He said smoke alarms should be tested more than just twice a year.
“It’s always a good time to check and test your smoke alarms and your C.O. detectors. The manufactures actually recommend that you test them by pressing the button on them each and every month,” said Bouch.
Deputy Bouch said it’s important to clear away dead leaves and brush from outside of the walls of your home and other structures. Other easy tips recommended by fire officials are, checking to make sure all doors and windows open easily and that your street numbers are posted properly and visible from the road.