Part 3 of 3 of our Spring Tips

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
 
• Check your water heater 
 
 • Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function 

 • Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer 

 • Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged 

 • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.            

Check your water heater
 If you have a gas-fired water heater, check to make sure it is venting properly. Light a match next to the vent and wave it out (don’t blow it out). See if the smoke is pulled up into the vent. If it isn’t, have a professional inspect and repair it. Otherwise, carbon monoxide and other combustibles can build up in the home.

Check around the base of your water heater for evidence of leaks. If your water heater is over 5 years old, it should be checked monthly for any leakage or rusting at the bottom. If water leakage or rust is found, the water heater should be replaced.

Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function
Know the location of all valves and what equipment and water lines they serve. Teach all family members.

Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer
Poor maintenance allows lint to build up in the exhaust duct and cause fire.

Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged
Exposed wires may cause arcing, which will produce heat and can start a fire. Care should also be taken to keep appliances and their power cords away from water or a heat source because this will damage the cord’s insulation.

Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Read more at Smoke alarms save lives.

http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/residence/safety-1/smoke-detector-placement-and-safety/

and MOST IMPORTANTLY:
• Review your fire escape plan with your family
• Run through a severe-weather drill with your family

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