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Spring Home Safety & Maintenance Checklist

4/11/2016 (Permalink)

Prevent Potential Problems Before they Occur


The cold winter months are finally behind us and we are ready for the warmer Spring days, but is your home prepared? Following a home maintenance plan can help prevent potential problems before they occur.


  • Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs.  Make sure outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords are not overloaded.
  • Move your multi-purpose fire extinguisher to an accessible place, and make sure it is filled and ready for operation.  Have your air-conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer.  Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
  • Inspect your smoke detectors.  Make sure there is one on each floor of your home.  Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
  • Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures.  Be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Replace all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent bulbs.  Other types of bulbs, like incandescent, produce more heat than fluorsscent bulbs.
  • Deep-Clean carpets, vacuum thoroughly and have them professionally steam cleaned and deodorized.


  • Check for damage to your roof.
  • Remove dead trees in your yard
  • Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
  • Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
  • Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.
  • Have your sprinkler system serviced
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage.  Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Check for loose or leaky gutters and clean out winter debris.  Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawlspace.

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